School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
Adam simultaneously served as the lab manager for both Dr. Jiri Hulcr’s forest entomology lab and Dr. Jason Smith’s forest pathology lab (collectively the forest health labs). As of January 2016 he became director of Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation in Hempstead, TX. This diverse private-turned-public botanical collection features the founder’s extensive wild-accessioned plant collections from Mexico, along with Texas natives and a diverse array of other unique plants adapted to the harsh environmental extremes of the region. His heightened fascination and respect for bark and ambrosia beetles following his tenure in the forest health labs continues to go hand-in-hand with his life immersed in the plant world. He continues collecting beetles to contribute to the Hulcr lab’s massive collection of preserved specimens and continues to serve as a consultant to both labs on various projects. He continues to support and promote UF’s forest health program and build collaborations with other gardens, universities, and arborists in Texas, in addition to utilizing his knowledge gained in the forest health labs to educate the public through Peckerwood Garden’s educational programs.
With a large non-pathogenic (genetic sport) witch’s broom in Pinus clausa
Examining the Bilyu Sacred Tree (Cunninghamia konishii) in central Taiwan