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Contact Information

Department of Life Sciences
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Location

Natural Sciences Building- Plant Physiology Lab / UG Biotechnology Lab
Tel: 1(868) 662-2002 ext 83415/ 83084
 
 
 
 
 

Education

  • PhD Candidate - Plant Science (2012-Present, UWI)
  • B.Sc. Biology (Major); Marine Biology & Environmental Biology (Minors) (2008-2011, UWI)

 

Project Details

Anthurium is one of the most important oranmental crops in the cut-flower market worldwide. Since the  cut-flower market is expanding, there is enormous potential to increase anthurium exports from Trinidad and Tobago, which may lead the way for export of other indigenous resources. As demand is increasing it is imperative that research is dedicated to the development of cultivars with a range of desirable traits, such as disease resistance, strong colour and long vase-life.  Vase-life of anthurium cultivars can vary from less than two weeks to more than six weeks. If we can determine the mechanism that underlies this genetic variation, vase-life can be characterized and extended. 

PG program: PhD Plant Science

Supervisor/co-supervisors: Dr. A. Farrell, Dr. W. Elibox, Prof. P. Umaharan

Project title: The role of water relations in determining vase-life of Anthurium andraeanum (Hort.) cultivars

 

Work experience

  • Grade 7 Laboratory Technician I, The University of the West Indies (2013-present)
  • Grade 7 Technical Assistant II, The University of the West Indies (2013)
  • Demonstrator, Department of Life Sciences, The University of the West Indies (2012--2013)
  • AAAS – Career Pathways: What Your Grad Advisor Didn’t Tell You (2018)
  • EACH/WIPO Workshop on Lean Commercialisation (2017)
  • CPR & First Aid – American Heart Association (2017)
  • Research Commercialization Introductory Course certificate (2014)

 

Membership/Affiliation

  • Graduate Student member of the American Society of Horticultural Sciences (2014- presently)
  • Bioblitz Plant Group Member (2013-presently)
  • Department of Life Sciences Research Symposium Committee Member (2013 – 2017)

 

Publications

  • Evelyn, Sarah, Aidan Farrell, Winston Elibox and Pathmanathan Umaharan. 2017. “Understanding the Link Between Water Relations and Vase-life in Anthurium andreanum (Hort.).” HortScience 49(9): S69. (Abstr.)
  • Evelyn, Sarah, Aidan Farrell, Winston Elibox and Pathmanathan Umaharan. 2017. “The Impact of Light Intensity on the Vase Life of Cut Flowers of Anthurium andraeanum (Hort.) Cultivars Assessed Using Hyperspectral Reflectance.” HortScience 52(9):S291. (Abstr.)
  • Arneaud, Linton Lee and Sarah Evelyn. 2017. Morne Diablo Forest Reserve and Environs- Botany Group Report. Quarterly Bulletin of the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalist Club. Issue No: 3/2017
  • Evelyn, Sarah. 2016. “Bringing Anthuriums Back to Life.” UWI Today, Trinidad Guardian. April 3rd.
  • Farrell AD, Evelyn S, Lennon AM, and P. Umaharan. 2012. "Genotypic variation in senescence and water relations in cut-flowers of Anthurium anadraenum." HortScience 47(9):1333-1337

 

Symposium/Conference Presentations

  • The Department of Life Sciences Research Symposium - The University of the West Indies 2014 & 2015
  • The American Society of Horticultural Sciences Annual Conference – Orlando, Florida June 2014; Waikoloa, Hawaii September 2017.

 

 
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