NYBG Botanist Dr. Michael J. Balick to be Awarded Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration


Kalāheo, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, USA (January 10, 2018) — Dr. Michael J. Balick, Vice President for Botanical Science and Philecology Curator at the Institute for Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), has been named the 2018 recipient of the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. In an announcement from its headquarters in Hawai‘i, the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) recognized Dr. Balick for a career spanning over four decades of botanical fieldwork and research around the globe.

The Fairchild Medal will be presented to Dr. Balick at a black-tie dinner at NTBG’s historical garden and former residence of David Fairchild The Kampong in Coconut Grove, Florida on January 26. The following day Dr. Balick will give a public lecture entitled “Plants, People, and Culture: Exploring the Roots of Wisdom.”

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