Research Fellow — Ph.D., Aarhus University, Denmark
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Blanca is a plant taxonomist by training. Her main research interests are plant diversity, Neotropical plant conservation, and biogeography. She is interested in the fern Andean flora, particularly in the family Polypodiaceae. She continues her work on compiling records on plant endemism in Peru for future evaluation of their conservation status. Together with Kenneth R. Young (University of Texas), and several colleagues and students in Peru, are working on field evaluation of populations of some highly restricted species, like Orthopterygium huaucui.
Blanca, as a co-author, and Dr. John H. Wiersema (USDA-ARS-PSI) are working on a second edition of “World Economic plants”. The initial work and all updates is searchable on-line (http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxecon.pl), and provides information for over 9500 plant species used worldwide.
B. Gould, B. León, A.M. Buffen & L.G. Thompson. 2010. Evidence of a high-Andean, mid-Holocene plant community: an ancient DNA analysis of glacially preserved remains. American Journal of Botany 97:1579-1584.
B. León & K.R. Young. 2010. A fortuitous ant-fern association in the Amazon lowlands of Peru. Revista peruana de Biologia 17: 245-247.
B. León & A. Sagástegui. (2008) General overview of Tillandsia subgenus Tillandsia in Peru: The three pinnate species and the case of two endemic species. Revista peruana de Biología 15:25-30.
B. León, H. Beltrán. & P. Fine. 2005 Sobre el género Schizaea (Schizaeaceae) en el Perú. Revista peruana de Biología 12(1): 97-102.
B. León & A.R. Smith. 2003 New species and new combinations of Grammitidaceae from Peru. American Fern Journal.
B. León & H. Beltrán. 2002 A new Microgramma subgenus Solanopteris (Polypodiaceae) from Peru and a new combination in the subgenus. Novon 12: 481-485.