Hi, I am Alina Freire Fierro. I am a botanist from Ecuador.
I am originally from a small mountain village called Colonia Azuay in Tungurahua province, but grew up primarily in Baños, Tungurahua, on the slopes of Volcan Tungurahua which has been active since 1999. I and my family later moved to Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
I have attended graduate school in Sao Paulo, Brazil and St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. I have acquired two Master’s Degrees along the way. I am a plant systematist, which means I am primarily concerned with the naming and classification of types of plants into species, genera, families, etc.
From 1998 to 2000 I was a researcher at the National Herbarium in Quito, Ecuador (where I lived until 2000) and have taught General Botany and Flora of Ecuador for Ecotourism majors at Catholic University and Systematic Botany at Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
During 1999 to 2001 I was Directora Ejecutiva of the Ecuadorian Foundation of Botany, a professional organization of botany in Ecuador. During this period, FUNBOTANICA and the Ecuadorian National Herbarium organized the III Ecuadorian Botanical Congress held in October of 2000 in Quito. Dr. David Neill, Curator at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Honorary Director of the National Herbarium and I published in 2002 the Proceedings of the congress.
On April 2002 I joined the Missouri Botanical Garden, where I worked as a Latin American Researchers liaison, as well in the systematics and taxonomy of Neotropical Polygalaceae, especially in Monnina . Also, a few years ago I published the book Botanica Sistematica Ecuatoriana. Currently, I live in Philadelphia, where I work as the Collection Manager of Botany at the Academy of Natural Sciences. I am also a PhD candidate at Drexel University, where I am working on the phylogeny and diversification of Monnina for my dissertation.
Currently, and for the period 2011-2014, I am a member of the Superior Council (Consejo Superior) of the Association for Latin American Botany -ALB. The ALB and the Society for Brazilian Botany (SBB) are organizing the XI Latin American Congress, to be held in Bahia, Brazil in Octuber, 2014 (see First Circular in Spanish) and in Portuguese. During my free time I moderate the discussion group Anuncios Botanicos.
For a “healthy mind in a healthy body”, I train Shinto Muso-ryu Jo. I have also practiced Aikido in Ecuador, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, St. Louis, Missouri and in Philadelphia at Aikido of Center City.
freirefierro at ansp dot org