Kenneth Michel Cameron

Wisconsin State Herbarium (WIS) University of Wisconsin, Madison
EEUU
Received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996 under the supervision of Dr. Mark Chase, with whom he spent a year at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  From 1998-2008 he served as a research scientist at The New York Botanical Garden, where he was Director of the Molecular Systematics Laboratory, then later joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Professor of Botany and Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, a collection of more than 1.3 million specimens. In addition to being recognized as one of the first biologists to use DNA sequence data to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the entire orchid family, Ken is considered an authority on the systematics of the orchid subfamily Vanilloideae. His research on Vanillaand its relatives was recognized as the most outstanding paper delivered at the 1996 annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and also by the structural section of the Botanical Society of America in the same year.  In 2011 Timber Press commissioned him to published Vanilla Orchids: Natural History and Cultivation, which is now out of print. His orchid research has been featured within magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, as well as on television (HGTV & NOVA) and radio. Dr. Cameron has been invited to deliver keynote lectures at various botanical meetings, including the 17thWorld Orchid Conference in Malaysia, 1stAndean Orchid Conference in Ecuador, 50thMidAmerica Orchid Congress in Nashville, and the 1stErnest Hetherington Orchid Digest Distinguished Lecture at the Huntington Botanical Garden. He was recognized by the American Society of Plant Taxonomist with the Peter Raven Award for Exceptional Botanical Outreach in 2014. Dr. Cameron has published >100 papers in the area of orchid systematics, and four of his five current doctoral students are also researching aspects of orchid biology.
Título de la ponencia magistral: Ponencia magistral:  “Phylogeny and Eco-Physiology of the orchid tribe Vanilleae”