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About the Graduate Studies Program

The Graduate Studies Program currently enrolls 40 students who are carrying out studies in systematic and economic botany at field sites around the world. It is one of the few programs in which students are trained across the spectrum of both systematic and economic botany. Students choose from a broad range of courses and subject areas to design unique interdisciplinary research projects.

The Program is operated in conjunction with the Plant Sciences Program at the Lehman College campus of the City University of New York (CUNY), the Biology Department and Calder Center of Fordham University, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) of Columbia University, the Department of Plant Biology at Cornell University, the Biology Department at New York University (NYU), and The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of Yale University. Students apply to and enroll at one of these universities and complete the degree requirements of the school, but have full access to the staff, facilities, and research opportunities available at the Garden.

The program is flexible and provides excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary study. In addition to the core courses in plant sciences, students may take courses in biology or other disciplines at nearby colleges, including City College, Hunter College, the CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College. As a result, students have unique opportunities to develop skills in a diversity of fields, such as phytochemistry, molecular biology, ecological physiology, archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, economics, computer modeling, and nutrition.


The New York Botanical Garden has one of the outstanding botanical libraries in the world, with more than 1,250,000 accessions, a herbarium with over 7 million specimens, and 10,000 species of living plants housed in several greenhouses including the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Students also have access to a large number of laboratory facilities and instrumentation at the Garden. These include a scanning electron microscope, environmental chambers, and instrumentation for radiobiological, biochemical, anatomical, molecular, phytochemical, chemosystematic, numerical taxonomic and vegetation studies. The newest addition to the Garden's laboratory capacity is the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies.


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