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The Future of International Botanical Research: possibilities and strategies for your International collaborations and research, especially in developing nations

Lee, David [1].

How I learned to do botanical research in the tropics.

I worked from the time of my postdoctoral experience through later work during sabbaticals and at other times in the southeast Asian , Central American, west African tropics chiefly in developing nations doing physiological research. The types of major problems I encountered were the following: 1.) Where to go for the exact problems and specimens I wished to work with. 2.) How to choose colleagues and institutions to work with in the regions which had the tropical ecosystems I wished to work with. 3.) How did I learn about the rules and regulations for collecting and transporting specimens home and all the details of the nations’ regulations? 3.) How did I find funding and insure that it lasted through the projects? 4.) What cultural differences occur to complicate my research such as differing working hours, differing holidays, and differing expectations of the data or research itself, etc.? How I dealt with these differences ? What did I do to overcome of cultural differences? 5.) Where did we decide to publish? What were our alternatives? 6.) What was my bottom line productivity compared to projects in the USA?


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1 - The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden, 4013 South Douglas Road, Miami, FL, 33155, USA

Keywords:
West Africa
south-central Asia
tropical Asia
Central American tropics
international funding
international botanical funding
International collecting rules.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: S11
Location: 178/Law
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Time: 8:30 AM
Number: S11002
Abstract ID:551


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