William Wayt Thomas
Wayt Thomas graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1973) in Botany and obtained his PhD in Botany from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1982). He has been working at The New York Botanical Garden since 1983 and is now the Elizabeth G. Britton Curator of Botany in the Garden's Institute of Systematic Botany.
His field experience covers all tropical American biomes with recent emphasis on eastern Brazil and Cuba. His research interests include systematics of Neotropical plants (especially the families Cyperaceae, Simaroubaceae and Picramniaceae), and the vegetation, Biogeography, and conservation of the Atlantic forests of northeastern Brazil.