The Les Mehrhoff Botanical Research Fund
The Les Mehrhoff Botanical Research Fund was established by the New England Botanical Club in memory of renowned botanist, NEBC Herbarium Curator, and long-time supporter of the New England Botanical Club, Dr. Leslie J. Mehrhoff. Awards from the fund support botanical endeavors of the sort that Les championed: field studies, herbarium, library, and archival research. The objective of NEBC in offering the award is to add to our understanding of the flora of New England and floristically related regions. Projects for which traditional funding (such as academic grants and in-house agency support) is difficult to secure are favored.
Project Requirements and Application Instructions
Les Mehrhoff Botanical Research Fund Recipients
Dorothy Allard with Arthur Gilman, Ruth Hagerman, Aaron Marcus, Erika Mitchell, Matthew Peters, Anne Reed, Eric Sorenson, Elizabeth Thompson, and Hilda White for their project titled "A Targeted Search for New, Rare and Historically Known Bryophyte Species in Vermont: Ephemeral Wetlands, Alpine Summits and Acidic Cliffs"
Danny Haelwaters for his project titled "A survey of Russula species (Fungi, Basisiomycota, Agaricomycetes) at the Boston Harbor Islands National Park area, Massachusetts"
Ya Min for her project titled "Unveiling the Karyotypes of New England Utricularia Species"
Morgan W. Southgate for her project titled "Ecological Niche Differentiation of the Adiantum pedatum complex in the Green Mountains"
Susan Fawcett for her project titled "Microhabitat characterization and differentiation in two sympatric rare Aspleniums in northeastern North America" Summary
Joann Hoy for her project titled "Data analysis of forest seeps in New Hampshire" Summary
Chase M. Mason for his project titled "Evolution of flower, fruit and seed defenses against herbivory and disease across the dogwoods, osiers and cornels (genus Cornus)" Summary
- Kurt M. Neubig for his project titled "Phylogenetics and taxonomy of Dichanthelium: a complex set of species-level problems in need of resolution" Summary
Donald Schall with the Botanical Club of Cape Cod and the Island for their project titled "A vascular plant survey of Sandy Neck barrier beach system West Barnstable, Massachusetts" Summary
Karolina Fučíková for her project entitled "How common and diverse is the epidendric alga Trentepohlia (Ulvophyceae, Chlorophyta) in New England?" Summary
Jason Karakehian for his project entitled "The Mycological Correspondence of Rev. Moses Ashley Curtis and Rev. Joseph Blake, 1856 – 1861." Summary
Ian Medeiros for his project entitled "Documenting the serpentine biota of Massachusetts: A study of the plant and lichen diversity of serpentine outcrops in Massachusetts, USA." Summary
Timothy Whitfeld for his project entitled "Invasive earthworms and plant diversity in Massachusetts's forests." Summary
Susan Williams for her project entitled "Bryoflora of Mt. Greylock 110 Years Later." Summary
Project Requirements: The research must advance our knowledge of plants that occur in northeastern North America, especially the New England region. Work of a broader scope that is pertinent to New England will also be considered. For purposes of the award, "plants" include vascular plants, nonvascular plants, algae, fungi, and lichens. Awards will not be used to support proposals from conservation groups, state agencies, academic groups, or graduate students for support of their primary research projects, although individuals affiliated with such groups are eligible if the proposed research is independent (i.e., not within the scope of primary job duties).
Types of expenses eligible for support: Field, herbarium, library, and lab work are eligible for funding. Travel and living expenses associated with the research are eligible, as are supplies and minor equipment associated with field or lab work. Moderate stipends to help cover time spent on projects will be considered.
Amount of award: The total funding available is $8,000, with most grants expected to be $2,000 or less, depending on need and merit.
How to Apply: Please submit a proposal describing the research to be conducted, which includes:
- Title page with proposal title, applicant's name, address, phone, and e-mail address
- Body of the proposal of no more than three pages (for a proposal to be successful, the topic must be clearly described, the methods justified, and the results achievable within defined time limits)
- Timeline for completion of the project
- Deliverables including progress reports, if applicable, and plans for disseminating results
- List of literature citations relevant to the project
- Itemized budget, including brief justification for each item
- If permissions are required to access herbarium collections and/or field sites, or work with legally protected species please include supplementary materials that indicate that approval has been sought or granted for the research
- Curriculum vitae or equivalent statement establishing the applicant's background and qualifications relative to the proposed project. For collaborative efforts, please include names, contact information and synopses of qualifications for all who will contribute to the project.
Applications for the award open on November 20. The deadline is January 1. Award announcements will be made by February 10. Non-awardees will be given feedback on their proposals by February 16.
Please submit your complete proposal via email to the Mehrhoff Award committee: NEBC@Rhodora.org. The application should be sent as an email attachment, preferably in PDF format.
If you have questions regarding eligibility, budget, and scope, please email Matt Hickler at NEBC@Rhodora.org.