Dr. William G. Laidlaw, Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary and Research Associate at NTBG, uses living plants in the Garden's collections to conduct experimental studies to gain information about the reproductive biology and conservation of rare and endangered species. Results of his research can be found at the following site:
Dr. David H. Lorence (Director of Science, National Tropical Botanical Garden) and Dr. Warren L. Wagner (Department of Botany, Smithsonian Instutution and NTBG's McBryde Chair) are collaborating on a vascular flora of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. The Marquesas Islands are an isolated group of 12 volcanic hot spot islands in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. They are one of the five archipelagos of French Polynesia. This web-based flora provides a query tool to access taxonomic and biogeographical information about Marquesan vascular plants, including scientific names, descriptions and digital images.
The internet-based Flora of the Hawaiian Islands is a collaborative effort between the Smithsonian Institution and the National Tropical Botanical Garden undertaken by Dr. Warren L. Wagner (Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution, and NTBG's McBryde Chair), Dr. David H. Lorence (Director of Science, National Tropical Botanical Garden), and Dr. Derral R. Herbst (Bishop Museum). It provides an up-to-date resource on Hawaiian vascular plants, including a checklist of scientific names, type specimens, descriptions, and digital images of the species.