Douglas De Stefano
Douglas De Stefano is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Agri-Science at FIU. Currently, Douglas is interning at the Micropropagation Laboratory at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden where he is working on the Million Orchid Project under the supervision of Dr. Jason Downing. The ultimate goal of the project is to propagate millions of South Florida native orchids for reintroduction into urban landscapes. As an iCATCH scholar, Douglas is also working on a research project in which various propagation media are being used to germinate threatened Florida native orchids. The research objective is to determine the optimal media for threatened orchid species by looking at germination rate and percentage, protocorm formation, and cell differentiation. After graduating, he plans to continue his education and possibly apply for graduate school.