Fellow: Awarded 2007
Field of Study: Plant Sciences
Competition: Latin America & Caribbean
Osvaldo Morrone is an Independent Researcher with CONICET and a subdirector of the Instituto de Botánica Darwinion (IBODA) in San Isidro, Argentina, and former editor of its journal Hickenia (2000-04). An internationally respected botanist, Mr. Morrone specializes in the taxonomy of Poaceae (true grasses), focusing in particular on the plant tribe Paniceae. During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, he conducted systematic studies in the genus Paspalum (Poaceae), working not only in Argentina but at the Missouri Botanical Garden, New York Botanical Garden, and Smithsonian Institution.
Mr. Morrone was educated at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), receiving a B.S. in 1986 and his Ph.D. in 1989. He has published over one hundred articles in his field, and with compatriot and IBODA colleague Fernando O. Zuloaga has written seven monographs (sometimes with additional collaborators) on South American flora. Among his most significant publications are the following: (with S. S. Denham, S. S. Aliscioni, and F. O. Zuloaga), “Revisión de las species de Paspalum (Panicoideae: Paniceae), subgenera Anachyris,” Candollea, 55 (2000); (with Denham and Zuloaga), “Sistematic revision and phylogeny of Paspalum subgenus Ceresia (Poaceae: Panicoidead: Paniceae),” Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 89 (2002); (with Zuloaga and Denham), “Revisión taxonómica del género Paspalum grupo Eriantha (Poaceae, Panicoideae, Paniceae),” Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 91 (2004); and (with Aliscioni and Zuloaga), “Análisis de la diversidad y distribución geográfica de la familia Poaceae en la provincial de Jujuy, Argentina,” Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 92 (2005).
A Research Fellow of both the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. (1993, 2002) and the Missouri Botanical Garden (1997, 2002), Mr. Morrone has also held a Fellowship from the Myndel Botanical Foundation in Argentina, and is a member of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.