Steve Maldonado Silvestrini Επιμελητής

Έγινε μέλος στις: Αυγ 10, 2017 Τελευταία δραστηριότητα στις: Σεπ 20, 2023 iNaturalist

I officially studied architecture/environmental design but somehow ended up working as a taxonomist/botanist. You can find me out in the field or at the UPR-RP Herbarium in Puerto Rico.

I currently work in several projects and organizations, but most of my time is spent as a Plant Taxonomist for USDA-Forest Service -Caribbean Climate Hub x NRCS projects.

Se habla español!

Je ne sais beaucoup français mais comprend plus.

Feel free to contact me regarding any Caribbean plant species, especially in the PR Bank.

I'm particularly interested in

  1. Coccoloba spp.
  2. Utricularia spp.
  3. Arecaceae
  4. Poaceae
  5. Pteridophyta
  6. Naturally occurring plant hybrids
  7. Variations and oddities in plants
  8. Introduced plant species monitoring
  9. Phenology

If you are working with any of these in the Caribbean, feel free to reach out to me and perhaps we can collaborate; or I can provide important information to your research.

2023 iNaturalist Goals:

-Get to 200,000 observations identified, especially plants in the Caribbean. (I reached my goal of 100,000 last year!)

-Have 2500-3000 plant species in Puerto Rico documented (Again, due to last year only reaching 2266 confirmed to species level and lower (hybrids/subsp./var.) by the end of the year. PR full species estimates range from 2912 to 3559]

[Currently at 127.819 and 2302 respectively (March 9, 2023 Update)]


Several of my observations are private, do not ask me to put them public or diffused because:

  1. Some localities may be hidden because they are part of personal or colleague research.
  2. Many are private due to being part of government-agency related research. I'm required to keep them private.
  3. Some localities are hidden for specific groups (examples: orchids, carnivorous plants, cacti) due to being rare or having a high chance/degree of poaching.

I upload them even without public locality because there is poor photographic reference for many of our Caribbean species. Because of this, a photo without a locality is of great aid to many people. If you are a bonafide researcher I will gladly share any localities that may aid your research as long as it is with proper permits, documentation, and credit.

If you want me to collaborate on research by collecting material or providing more substantial information do not hesitate to do so, but it will be your responsibility to obtain the proper permits for doing so and paying any fees associated with said processes. I do not collect material, nor export material for nonscientific (research/conservation) purposes.

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