Harvard University began its involvement with topical botany in Cuba in 1899 in the wake of a meeting between Edwin Atkins (1850–1926), owner of the Soledad Plantation in Cuba and Harvard Professors Oakes Ames and George Goodale, which established The Harvard Botanic Station for Tropical Research and Sugar Cane Investigation.
Audience at a Tibetan summer festival in Daocheng [Rubu]
Photograph by Richard H. Ree (1973-)
Rubu, Daocheng Xian, Sichuan Sheng, China
June 30, 1998
A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library.
Richard H. Ree received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2001 and became assistant curator in the botany department of the Field Museum of Natural History in 2003. Initially interested in the Passifloraceae (passion fruit family) of the New World tropics, Ree became intrigued by the diversity of the flora in the Hengduan region and the question of why so many closely related species had evolved in such close proximity. His doctoral dissertation was a detailed study of a small part of the highly diverse genus Pedicularis (louseworts), whose greatest concentration of species is in the Hengduan Mountains of China.
© 1998-2003 Richard H. Ree