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Why CETroB?

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 scientists.

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.

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