Tibetans watching a horse race from their trucks at a summer festival east of Xiaquka [Xagquka]
Photograph by Richard H. Ree, 1973-
Highway 317 from Qamdo to Lhasa, Tibet, China
August 11, 2000
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.
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