Steve Maldonado Silvestrini Curador

Unido: 10.ago.2017 Última actividad: 28.nov.2022 iNaturalist

I officially studied architecture/environmental design but somehow ended up working as a taxonomist/botanist. You can find me out in the field or at the UPR-RP Herbarium in Puerto Rico.

Currently, I work on several projects and organizations, but most of my time is now spent as a USDA-Forest Service -Caribbean Climate Hub - Plant Taxonomist.

Se habla español!

Je ne sais beaucoup français mais comprend plus


Feel free to contact me regarding any Caribbean plant species, especially in the PR Bank.

I'm particularly interested in Pteridophyta, Poaceae, Arecaceae, Myrtaceae, and Coccoloba spp.

Besides these groups/families/genera I'm always looking into naturally occurring hybrids, and natural oddities/variations.


My profile image depicts me in my typical field-wear, collecting specimens of an alba variation of Jacquemontia solanifolia not reported in the literature or specimens before this.(http://edicionesdigitales.info/jacqsolanifol/solanifoliavar.pdf).

If you are interested in some of my work, a lot of it is soon to be published but for the moment you can look into this published article:

https://brooklynrail.org/special/River_Rail_Puerto_Rico/river-rail/Recollections-on-the-Cartography-of-the-Caribbean-Coast

and this photo essay:

https://issuu.com/revistacruce/docs/crucevol1_feb11/54


2022 iNaturalist Goals:

-Get to 100,000 observations identified, especially plants in the Caribbean. (I'm currently at 109.012~ [oct. 31,2022] which means I succeeded!)

-Have 2500-3000 plant species in Puerto Rico documented (currently [2217 confirmed to species level [oct. 31,2022], PR full species estimates range from 2912 to 3559]


IMPORTANT NOTES:

Several of my observations are private, do not ask me to put them public or diffused. If you are a bonafide researcher I will gladly share any localities that may aid your research as long as it is with proper permits and documentation.

Some localities may be hidden due to them being part of personal or colleague research. Some localities are hidden due to species being rare or of high chance of poaching (Orchids, Carnivorous Plants, etc)

If you want me to collaborate on research by collecting material or providing more substantial information do not hesitate to do so, but it will be your responsibility to obtain the proper permits for doing so and paying any fees associated with said processes.

I do not collect material, nor export material for nonscientific (research/conservation) purposes.

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