The New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden, with its 6.5 million-specimen herbarium, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, and the Lu Esther T. Metz Library, the largest botanical and horticultural reference collection on a single site in the Americas, is one of the very best locations in the world to study plant science. The botanical garden’s systematic botanists discover, decipher and describe the world’s plant and fungal diversity while its economic botanists study the varied links between plants and people.
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the United States, features some 6,000 species in a newly installed exhibit called A World of Plants. The new International Plant Science Center stores the garden collection under state-of-the-art environmental conditions and has nine study rooms for visiting scholars. In recent years, the botanical garden has endeavored to grow and expand its research efforts, supporting international field projects in some two dozen countries ranging from Brazil to Indonesia. Field sites around the world provide numerous opportunities for work in important ecosystems of unique biodiversity.
Some 10 research scientists from the botanical garden currently serve as adjunct research scientists at the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability or adjunct professors in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, depending on their current teaching load.