Dr. Michael S. Dosmann
Curator of Living Collections
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
"Red needles in green haystacks: On the trail of the wild paperbark maple (Acer griseum)"
Mark your calendar for the next NEBC Meeting with Dr. Michael S. Dosmann on December 4, 2015, at Harvard University.
Abstract: Since its initial introduction from China to the West by Ernest Henry Wilson in 1901, the paperbark maple (Acer griseum) has become rather common in cultivation, particularly in gardens, arboreta, and other managed ornamental landscapes. And yet, this species' status is anything but common in the wild in central and western China. As part of a collaborative conservation initiative, the Arnold Arboretum is surveying wild populations, and comparing these with lineages introduced from the wild to get a global perspective of genetic diversity in this species.
Graduate Student Research Awards for 2015 Announced
Ellen Woods of University of Connecticut - abstract
James Wood of University of Georgia - abstract
Weston Testo of University of Vermont - abstract
The New England Botanical Club offers each year up to $3,000 total in support of botanical research to be conducted by graduate students. The awards are made to stimulate and encourage botanical research on the New England flora, and to make possible visits to the New England region by those who would not otherwise be able to do so. It is anticipated that two awards will be given, although the actual number and amount of awards will depend on the proposals received. The awards are given to the graduate student(s) submitting the best research proposal dealing with systematic botany, biosystematics, plant ecology, or plant conservation biology.
Fernald Award Announced
Claire Berger O'Dea
This year's recipient of the New England Botanical Club's Merritt Lyndon Fernald Award is Claire Berger O'Dea for her paper, "The relationship between coastal plain pond vegetation and environment at local and broad spatial scales," published in Rhodora 116 (966): 187-223 (April)
To quote the four judges on the Fernald panel: "We liked the development of Claire's study, from the background work done to determine potential sites, to the broad list of explanatory variables considered--and especially the matter of exploring two scales of variation with intra- and inter-pond gradients. We also appreciated that Claire's work addresses basic questions in how to study and interpret nested ecological gradients, while not losing sight of the practical matter of managing an ecosystem controlled by groundwater that supports a high percentage of rare species."
Meeting Celebrating Students
In conjunction with NEBC's 1100th meeting, previous Graduate Student Research Award Winners were asked to share information about themselves and their publications that resulted from work supported by NEBC's research award. Where are they now?