Miami is home to one of the largest concentrations of prominent
tropical biologists in the world working in universities, botanical
gardens and museums.
At the same time, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural
History has a distinguished record in tropical biology research
as well as outstanding specimens and library collections. Together,
these institutions have formed the Coalition for Excellence in
Tropical Biology (CETroB).
The rich collective resources in tropical biology - including
libraries, collections, staff and students - provide a unique
opportunity for creating formal mechanisms for collaboration
and program development in research, training and education.
The Miami-based resources are supplemented by ongoing travel
through Miami among Smithsonian, Latin American and Caribbean
The formation of CETroB provides a framework for developing
joint programs that bridge scientific disciplines and institutions,
as well as research and education, with a high likelihood of
support from funding agencies, foundations and private donors.
Veterinarian Dr. Greg Bossart (left) in the Miami Museum of Science
Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey hospital.
The Fairchild/Sweeney House on Biscayne Bay is home to The Kampong
and the center of many important tropical plant introductions.