Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dear Fern Enthusiasts

Drew and I are going to edit the next ten YouTube fern blog segments early next week. We filmed them in early April during a very dry period at La Selva. The topics to be posted are:
1. update on ferns and the new shade house
2. fern phylogeny (Smith et al 2006)
3. ProNativas (native plants) program (with Orlando)
4. invasive plants at La Selva (with Orlando)
5. landscaping with native ferns: success despite neglect
6. landscaping with native ferns: instant gratification (with La Selva staff and scientists)
7. tree ferns
8. Houseplantaceae: breaking into the horticultural world
9. viviparous ferns (vegetative buds)
10. sources of frond mortality in the field

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ready to start the fern blog

Hello fern enthusiasts. On Friday (13 February) we will post the first three video clips. I look forward to hearing from people about their own fern interests.
warm regards from the rainforest,

Monday, January 19, 2009

Why a Fern Blog from La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica?

I live in the middle of a magnificent rainforest in Costa Rica, surrounded by an amazing diversity of plants and animals. Although I am a biologist, most of my work these days is administrative.

A couple of years ago, two fern biologist friends (Robbin Moran and Eddie Watkins) got me started on a fern collection to help keep me connected to the forest. This back-yard hobby now encompasses more than 30 genera of native La Selva ferns. I have also started a research project, monitoring the production and longevity of fronds of three different fern species in the forest.

All of you fern experts and enthusiasts in other parts of the world may enjoy seeing these ferns, communicating with me about fern biology, and suggesting topics and video clips for inclusion on this blog.

We have prepared a series of YouTube video segments on various fern-related subjects and we will post one every week.

Deedra McClearn
Director, La Selva Biological Station
Organization for Tropical Studies


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