Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Laurence Dorr

Acting Associate Director for Science; Research Botanist and Curator of Botany (Malvaceae)
Department / Division
  • M.A., University of North Carolina
  • B.A., Washington University (St. Louis)
  • Ph.D., University of Texas Austin
Research Interests
Systematic Biology: Systematics of Malvales, especially tropical taxa formerly ascribed to Sterculiaceae and Tiliaceae; systematics of Ericaceae, focusing on tropical African and Malagasy taxa. Biocomplexity: Flora of the northern Andes, including the preparation of a manual of the vascular flora of the Parque Nacional Guaramacal, Venezuela; floristic accounts of Malvales and Ericaceae for neotropical and paleotropical flora projects. History of Science: Botanical exploration of Madagascar and neighboring islands in the Indian Ocean; 19th-century natural history in the United States.