The National Tropical Botanical Garden recently welcomed Dr. Nina Ronsted as its new director of science and conservation. She succeeds Dr. David H. Lorence, who has worked with the plant conservation organization since 1987 and held the title of director of science and conservation and curator of the herbarium for the past 17 years.

Lorence will continue to work at the nonprofit as its senior research botanist but will now focus on other aspects of tropical botany research, as well as publishing and applying the results — tasks more akin to what he was doing when he first came on board with the organization in the 1980s.

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