Cataloging and Characterizing Plant Species in Valencia

 SUMMER 2023

Brady Farlow

Brady Farlow participated in research in Valencia, Spain, focused on cataloging and characterizing plant species on the 620,000 square meter Vera Campus of Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). His day-to-day tasks involved accompanying professors ‘Paco’ Galiana Galán and María Vallés Planells on walks around the campus using printed maps to identify and rectify errors and changes from the previous catalog. This hands-on approach included species cataloging, georeferencing, quantification, and basic characterization of trees, including their normal diameter. This work, conducted entirely in Spanish, provided Brady with the opportunity to improve his language skills. The project aimed to assess the green infrastructure’s potential for sustainability by analyzing ecosystem services and landscape aspects, with future enhancements in mind. Building on a 2012 tree catalog, Flora de Los Jardines de la Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), the project involved identifying and characterizing trees, shrubs, and herbs, aligning them with campus planning. The outcomes sought to update the UPV Campus vegetation catalog, evaluate green infrastructure indicators, and identify points for enhancing sustainability in the future.