Cristina Urbina

Cristina Urbina

Bachelor on Art in Environmental studies with certificate in Agroecology and Resource Management-policy.

Her background in Architecture opened the doors of important Landscape Architecture firms in Miami. After working for a couple of years, she learned about native plants, their use, installation and maintenance in the Miami landscape. As she was getting involved with south Florida natives and its environment, she got various certifications from The University of Florida – Miami Dade County extension, The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and Miami Dade College, to name just a few.

Her education includes trainings in plant identification, safety equipment, pesticide applications, soil moisture, and horticulture in general. She is working towards a Horticulture Specialist and Horticulture Professional Certificate at the Landscape Technology Program from MDC. In addition, she is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Art in Environmental Studies with a certificate on Agroecology and a specialization on Resource Management-policy at FIU.

She was accepted not long ago to an eighteen-month internship at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden where she learned about Caribbean Plant Conservation, Nursery management, IPM and herbarium techniques. Currently she is interning with the USDA and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Some of the projects that she is currently working on are:

- Finding an appropriate sugar cane clone for south Florida conditions and improve the production of biofuels.
- Germination trials on tropical fruits like tamarind, jujube and anona varieties.
- Physical and color measurements on tropical fruits in order to compare data among varieties.
- Testing the effectiveness of Propiconazole applications when treating Laurel Wilt Disease in Avocado Trees.