Wednesday, April 23, 2023, 2 pm

Craig Huegel, Director of the USF Botanical Gardens

MOSI, 4801 Fowler Ave, Tampa 33617

details to be announced, save the date!


March 15, 7 pm on Zoom

Karla Alvarado, Curator University of South Florida Herbarium

"What is the Atlas of Florida Plants all About?"

If you missed the March meeting, it was recorded and you can watch it now

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Karla earned her Bachelor’s in Plant Biology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and is completing her Master’s in Molecular Biosciences at the University of South Florida Tampa this Spring. Her research interests are broad and include working in a paleolimnology lab where she worked as a macrofossil (plant fossils) analyst to assess changes in lake quality in the Kissimmee Chain, studying plant phenology (flowering time) of alpine species in Western Colorado, and linking herbaria data to citizen science data to identify how climate change is affecting plant species and communities. Additionally, she has worked on floristic surveys in Hillsborough county (FL) and Gunnison county (CO). She is co-authored on publications in Nature Plants and the North American Lake Management Society.

Karla Alvarado will be introducing members of the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society to the Atlas of Florida Plants (AFP). In her talk, she will be walking you through the various uses of the AFP from generating a list of species by county, browsing plants by several different categories, searching herbarium specimens by taxa, distribution, collector, habitat, or photos. Lastly, we will explore the advanced search option and how to use the ‘Identification Key’ option to identify plants/specimens. 


Suncoast Thanks Our Business and Non-Profit Members

Anderson Lesniak Limited, Inc

Conner Landscape Architects

Environmental Consultants LLC

Quest Ecology

Regenerative Shift 

Springer Environmental

Whitwam Organics, LLC


Photo by Jan Allyn, Pinellas chapter