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BDG Plant Collectors
Bruce Hoffman first became associated with the BDG program in 1989 during a Smithsonian summer internship, sorting Guianas specimens and assisting with a "Medicinal Plants of the Guianas" book by (now deceased) curator Bob DeFilipps. From 1991-1993 he served as Resident Plant Collector, collecting 3,723 numbers comprising over 20,000 sheets. About 86% of these collections have been determined, representing 1895 taxa in 829 genera.
Following the BDG resident collector position, Bruce continued to work in the Guianas on scientific projects, conducting biodiversity inventories and non-timber forest products research. He completed his M.Sc. in Guyana, studying the biology and use of hemi-epiphytic aerial roots (Heteropsis, Clusia) in the production of wicker-like furniture. In 1997, Bruce began to work in neighboring Suriname with Amazon Conservation Team, a U.S.-based NGO, conducting inventory research on woody climbers, seeking out potential new non-timber forest products, and coordinating 'biocultural conservation' projects with traditional forest communities. Bruce earned his doctorate in 2009 with a dissertation comparing the floristic composition and ethnobotanical importance of three vegetation zones by two distinct traditional cultures (Trio Amerindian and Saramacca Maroon) in remote areas of Suriname. Plant specimens from this recent research are stored at the U.S. National Herbarium, and Bruce maintains an ongoing relationship with the BDG program. Dr. Hoffman is presently living in the Netherlands with his family and working as a consultant in biodiversity assessment and biocultural conservation.
Click on the link above to see Bruce Hoffman's trips across the Guiana Shield.
Bruce Hoffman's published trip report is in preparation.
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