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Curriculum Vitae

Alina Freire-Fierro

E-mail: alina.freire-fierro@mobot.org


February, 2006
Born in Baños, Ecuador, 1964; US Resident.

ADDRESS


Missouri Botanical Garden

POBox 299

St. Louis, MO 63166-0299

U.S.A.


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EDUCATION

1998 M. Sc., Department of Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, USA.

1996 Plant Systematics Graduate Course, Organization for Tropical Studies. June to August. Costa Rica.

1993 Course in Botanical Diversity in Tropical Forests, European Summer School, Aarhus University. July. Denmark.

1992 M. em C., Biociências Institute, São Paulo University. Brazil.

1991 Graduate Course in Theory and Methods in Vegetal Taxonomy, Latin American Botanical Network. November. Argentina.

1989 Latin American and Caribbean Botanical Workshop, Smithsonian Institution. July to August. USA.

1989 Bachelor´s Degree in Biological Sciences, Biology Department, Catholic University. Ecuador.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2005- Research Specialist, Latin American Visitors’s Liaison, Missouri Botanical Garden

2002-2005 Senior Herbarium Assistant, Latin American Liaison, Missouri Botanical Garden.

2001 Assistant Coordinator of the project Floristic Inventory and Rescue of native plants from “Oleoductos de Crudos Pesados.” Ecuadorian National Herbarium-Entrix-OCP. Quito, Ecuador.

2000 Organizer of the Third Ecuadorian Botanical Congress, Quito, October 25 to 27.

2000 Teacher of Systematic Botany, College of Life Sciences, San Francisco University, Quito, Ecuador.

1999-2000 Teacher of General Botany, and Flora of Ecuador. Ecotourism Major, Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador.

1999-00 Adjunct Researcher of the project Floristic Inventories of Llanganates National Park. Ecuadorian National Herbarium-ECOCIENCIA, Quito, Ecuador.

1998-99 Adjunct Researcher of the project Flora and Vegetation of the Antisana Ecological Reserve and Llanganates National Park. INEFAN-GEF-Ecuadorian National Herbarium, Quito, Ecuador.

1995 Teacher of General Botany, Biology Department, Catholic University.

1992-94 Main Researcher of the project Taxonomy of Crassulaceae and Saxifragaceae s.l. for the Series Flora of Ecuador. Aarhus University-Catholic University, Denmark-Ecuador.

1993 Scientific Consultant of the Second Edition of the book “Las Plantas Medicinales del campo,” from Brij Kothari. ABYA-YALA Press, Quito, Ecuador.

1992 Assistant Teacher of the courses: Taxonomy of Vascular Plants, and Systematics and Taxonomy of Angiosperms, Biology Department, Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador.

1989 Adjunct Researcher of the project Botanical Studies of the Ecuadorian Mountain Forest, QCA Herbarium, Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador.

1988 Assistant Researcher of the project Botanical Studies of the Ecuadorian Mountain Forest, QCA Herbarium, Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador.
FIELD EXPERIENCE

1999-2001 Ecuador, several ecosystems, as the teacher of several college courses, and as a researcher at the Ecuadorian National Herbarium.

1998-99 Ecuador, páramo and Andean forests, as Adjunct Researcher from the project Flora and Vegetation of the Antisana Ecological Reserve and Llanganates National Park.

1997 Ecuador, lowland ecosystems, during the fieldwork for the Revision of Aciotis (Melastomataceae), June to August.

1996 Costa Rica, all ecosystem types, as part of the OTS Course on Plant Systematics.

1995 Ecuador, several ecosystems, as the teacher of General Botany.

1994 Bolivia, volunteer work at Noel Kempf National Park. One week.

1993 Norway, Field Course, one week.

1992-94 Ecuador, several ecosystems, during the revision of Crassulaceae and Saxifragaceae s.l.

1992 Brazil, Campos Rupestres, Flora dos Campos Rupestres Project, one week.

1990 Brazil, Caatinga, Cerrados and Campos Rupestres.

1989-90 Brazil, Campos Rupestres, Serra do Cipó, Grão Mogol. Monthly visits as part of my studies on Monnina (Polygalaceae).

1986-89 Ecuador, Páramos, Bosque Montano, Bosque Seco Interandino. Floristic inventories as part of the project Botanical Studies of the Ecuadorian Mountain Forest.

1982-86 Ecuador, all ecosystems, as part of field trips for courses at the Biological Sciences career, Catholic University.


PUBLICATIONS

2004

Freire-Fierro, A. 2004. Botánica Sistemática Ecuatoriana. Missouri Botanical Garden, FUNDACYT, QCNE, RLB and FUNBOTANICA. Murray Print, St. Louis. 209 pp.

Freire-Fierro, A. 115. Crassulaceae. In: G. Harling and L. Andersson (eds.), Flora of Ecuador 72.

Freire-Fierro, A. 117 A. Saxifragaceae. In: G. Harling and L. Andersson (eds.), Flora of Ecuador 72.

Freire-Fierro, A. 117 B. Grossulariaceae. In: G. Harling and L. Andersson (eds.), Flora of Ecuador 72.

Romoleroux, K. & A. Freire-Fierro. 117 C. Escalloniaceae. In: G. Harling and L. Andersson (eds.), Flora of Ecuador 72.

Freire-Fierro, A. 117 D. Hydrangeaceae. In: G. Harling and L. Andersson (eds.), Flora of Ecuador 72.

Freire-Fierro, A. 117 E. Phyllonomaceae. In: G. Harling and L. Andersson (eds.), Flora of Ecuador 72.


2002

Freire-Fierro, A. 2002. Revision of Aciotis (Melastomataceae). Systematic Botany Monographs 62: 1--99 pp.

Freire-Fierro, A. 2002. Proposal to conserve Ribes leptostachyum Benth. against Ribes leptostachyum Decne. Taxon 51(1): 195.

Freire-Fierro, A. 2002. A new species of Ribes, notes and a key of the Ecuadorian Species. Systematic Botany 27(1): 14--19.

Freire-Fierro, A., D. Fernández y C. Quintana. 2002. Usos de Melastomataceae en el Ecuador. Sida 20(1) 233—260.

Freire-Fierro, A. y D. Neill (eds). 2002. La Botánica en el Nuevo Milenio, Memorias del III Congreso Ecuatoriano de Botánica. Herbario Nacional del Ecuador y FUNBOTANICA.


2001

Freire-Fierro, A. 2001. Two new species of Aciotis (Melastomataceae). Novon 11(2): 166-170.

Freire-Fierro, A. 2001. Aciotis, Melastomataceae. In: Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana, Vol. 6: 270-276. Monographs in Systematic Botany of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Vargas, H., D. Neill, M. Asanza, A. Freire-Fierro y E. Narváez. 2001. Flora y Vegetación del Parque Nacional Llanganates. EcoCiencia-Herbario Nacional del Ecuador/GEF.


2000

Freire-Fierro, A. 2000. Polygalaceae. Pages 392-393 In: Valencia, R., N. Pitman, S. León-Yánez & P. M. Jørgensen (eds.) Libro rojo de las plantas endémicas del Ecuador 2000. Herbario QCA, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito.

Freire-Fierro, A. 2000. Grossulariaceae. Page 214 In: Valencia, R., N. Pitman, S. León-Yánez & P. M. Jørgensen (eds.) Libro rojo de las plantas endémicas del Ecuador 2000. Herbario QCA, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito.

Asanza, M., A. Freire-Fierro, D. Neill, S. Sandoval y J. C. Welling (eds.) 2000. Resúmenes del III Congreso Ecuatoriano de Botánica. FUNBOTANICA y Herbario Nacional del Ecuador QCNE. Imprenta Hojas y Signos. Quito.


1999

Freire-Fierro, A. y M. Asanza. 1999. VIII Boletín de FUNBOTANICA. FUNBOTANICA. Imprenta Hojas y Signos. Quito.

Freire-Fierro, A., C. Josse y D. Neill. 1999. VII Boletín de FUNBOTANICA. FUNBOTANICA. Imprenta Hojas y Signos. Quito.

Freire-Fierro, A. 1999. Crassulaceae In: Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León (eds.). Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador. Monographs on Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 75.

Freire-Fierro, A. 1999. Grossulariaceae In: Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León (eds.). Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador. Monographs on Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 75.

Freire-Fierro, A. 1999. Hydrangeaceae In: Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León (eds.). Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador. Monographs on Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 75.

Freire-Fierro, A. 1999. Saxifragaceae In: Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León (eds.). Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador. Monographs on Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 75.

1998

Freire-Fierro, A. 1998. Two new species of Ribes (Grossulariaceae) from South America. Novon 4: 354-358.

Freire-Fierro, A. 1998. Revision of Aciotis (Melastomataceae). Am. J. Bot. (Suppl.) 85 (6): 129.
1995

Freire-Fierro, A., P. Naranjo, et al. 1995. 270 Plantas medicinales Iberoamericanas, In Gupta, M. (ed.). Convenio Adrés Bello, Bogotá.

Freire-Fierro, A. 1995. Book Review of the book Amazonian Ethnobotanical Dictionary, published by James Ducke & Rodolfo Vásquez. Economic Botany 49 (1): 111.

Ríos, M., A. Freire-Fierro, & K. Romoleroux. 1995. II Boletín de FUNBOTANICA. Quito.

Freire-Fierro, A. 1995. Especies medicinales sudamericanas de Polygalaceae. In: Naranjo, P. & R. Escaleras (eds.): La medicina tradicional en el Ecuador, Memorias de las Primeras Jornadas Ecuatorianas de Etnomedicina Andina. Biblioteca Ecuatoriana de Ciencias. Vol. 2. Corporación Editora Nacional, Quito.
1993

Freire-Fierro, A.1993. The genus Ribes (Grossulariaceae) in Ecuador. In: Balselv, H. (ed.). Neotropical Montane Forests, Biodiversity and Conservation. AAU Reports 31.

Freire-Fierro, A., & R. Valencia. 1993. I Boletín de FUNBOTANICA, Directorio de miembros y colaboradores. Quito.

DISSERTATIONS

Freire-Fierro, A. 1998. Revision of Aciotis (Melastomataceae). Master´s dissertation. University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, USA, 160 pp. (English).

Freire-Fierro, A. 1992. Estudos taxonômicos dos subgêneros de Monnina Ruiz & Pav. (Polygalaceae), baseados em espécies equatorianas e brasileiras. M. Sc. Dissertation, São Paulo University, São Paulo, Brazil. 190 pp. (Portuguese).

Freire-Fierro, A. 1989. Estudios taxonómicos de las especies arbustivas de Monnina en el Bosque Montano Ecuatoriano. Bachelor's Dissertation, Catholic University, Quito. 194 pp. (Spanish).


RESUMENES & ABSTRACTS

Freire Fierro, A. & R. Ferreyra. Generic delimitation of Monnina (Polygalaceae). XVI International Botanical Congress, Abstracts: 428. August 1-7.

Freire Fierro, A. 1998. Revisión del género Neotropical Aciotis (Melastomataceae). Resúmenes del VII Congreso Latinoamericano de Botánica: 304. México, October 18-24.

Freire Fierro, A. 1994. Estudios taxonómicos de Saxifraga, Ribes e Hydrangea (Grossulariaceae) en el Ecuador. Resúmenes del VI Congreso Latinoamericano de Botánica. Mar del Plata, October 2- 8.

Freire Fierro, A. 1993. Saxifragaceae s.l. en el Ecuador y clave para las especies ecuatorianas de Ribes. Resúmenes de las XVII Jornadas Nacionales de Biología. Quito, November 25 – 27.

Freire Fierro, A. 1993. Ribes (Saxifragaceae) del Ecuador. In: Valencia, R. & K. Romoleroux (eds.). Trabajos en Botánica del Ecuador, Primer Congreso de Botánica, Quito.

Freire Fierro, A. 1992. Taxonomia e validade da divisão infragenérica de Monnina (Polygalaceae) sensu Chodat 1896. Resumos do XLIII Congresso Brasileiro de Botänica, Aracajú, Enero 19 – 25.

Freire Fierro, A. 1991. Longevidade floral e protrandria de Monnina richardiana St. Hil. (Polygalaceae). Resumos do XLII Congresso Brasileiro de Botânica, Goiânia, Enero 20 – 26.

Freire Fierro, A. 1990. O gênero Monnina (Polygalaceae) da floresta montana Equatoriana. Resumos do XLI Congresso Brasileiro de Botánica, Fortaleza, Enero 21 – 27
WEBSITES DEVELOPED

Freire-Fierro, A. & J. C. Welling. 2003 onwards. Asociación Latinoamericana de Botánica. http://www.botanica-alb.org

Welling, J.C. & A. Freire-Fierro. 2001 onwards. Polygalaceae Hoffans. & Link. http:// www.neotropicos.net/Polygalaceae

Welling, J.C. & A. Freire-Fierro. 1999 onwards. Monnina (Polygalaceae), to lump or to split?. http://www. neotropicos.net/Monnina

Welling, J.C. & A. Freire-Fierro. 1999 onwards. Fundación Ecuatoriana para el Desarrollo y la Investigación de la Botánica FUNBOTANICA. http://www.funbotanica.org

Welling, J.C. & A. Freire-Fierro. 1998 onwards. Revision of Aciotis (Melastomataceae). http://www.joethejuggler.com/Aciotis


MEETINGS ATTENDED

  1. XVII International Botanical Congress, July, Vienna, Austria.

2005 Nomenclature Sessions, XVII International Botanical Congress, July, Vienna, Austria.

2002 VIII Congreso Latinoamericano de Botánica, Cartagena de Indias, October, Colombia.

2000 III Congreso Ecuatoriano de Botánica, October, Quito, Ecuador (Co-organizer).


  1. XVI International Botanical Congress, August, St. Louis, USA.

1999 Nomenclature Sessions, XVI International Botanical Congress, August, St. Louis, USA.

1998 VII Congreso Latinoamericano de Botánica, Latin American Botanical Association, Latin American Botanical Network, Mexican Botanical Society, October, México.

1998 American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Meetings, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Baltimore, August, USA.

1994 VI Congreso Latinoamericano de Botánica, Latin American Botanical Association, October, Mar del Plata, Argentina.

1994 I Jornadas Ecuatorianas de Etnomedicina, OPS-OMS, UNICEF, CONACYT, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, February, Quito, Ecuador.

1991 XVII Jornadas Ecuatorianas de Biología, Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Biología, Universidad Central del Ecuador, February, Quito, Ecuador.

1993 Nordic Symposium on Neotropical Botany, Bergen University, August, Norway.

1993 I Congreso Ecuatoriano de Botánica, Catholic University, February, Quito, Ecuador.

1993 Neotropical Montane Forest Symposium, New York Botanical Garden, June, New York, USA.

1992 XVI Jornadas Ecuatorianas de Biología, Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Biología, Universidad del Azuay, November, Cuenca, Ecuador.

1992 XLIII Congreso Brasileiro de Botánica, Sociedad Brasilera de Botánica, Universidad Federal de Sergipe, January, Aracajú, Brazil.

1991 XLII Congreso Brasilero de Botánica, Sociedad Brasilera de Botánica, Universidad Federal de Goiás, January, Goiás, Brazil.

1990 XLI Congreso Brasilero de Botánica, Sociedad Brasilera de Botánica, Universidad Federal do Ceará, January, Fortaleza, Brazil.
DISTINCTIONS

2000-02 Research Associate, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, USA.

2000-01 Research Associate, Economic Botany Herbarium QUSF, San Francisco University, Quito, Ecuador.

1999-2000 Executive Director of the Ecuadorian Foundation for Research and Development of Botany, FUNBOTANICA, Ecuador.

1998-2002 Representative for Ecuador for the Latin American Botanical Association (ALB).

1995 President of the Ecuadorian Foundation for Research and Development of Botany, FUNBOTANICA, Ecuador.

1995-98 Graduate Fellowship from the Science and Technology Ecuadorian Foundation (FUNDACYT). Ecuador.

1989 Master's Graduation "Cum Laude", São Paulo University, Brazil.

1989-92 Graduate Fellowship from the Latin American Botanical Network. Brazil.
MEMBERSHIPS

1997- American Society of Plant Taxonomy

1987- Association for Latin American Botanists

1988- Ecuadorian Foundation for Research and Development of Botany, FUNBOTANICA

1998-99 Honorary Member of the Missouri Botanical Garden

1997-98 Botanical Society of America

1997-98 Association for Tropical Biology

1989-92 Brazilian Botanical Society


PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE

Practical knowledge of: Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe PhotoShop (both, PC and Mac); Page Maker (for Mac); Web page design; Databases Hypertaxonomy, TROPICOS.

Fluent in Spanish (Native language), Portuguese, and English.
HOBBIES

Martial Arts, outdoors activities.







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