Dr. Rafael Medina
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
Storrs 06269-3043 CT, USA
"Mosses, DNA and Old Papers"
Mark your calendar for the next NEBC Meeting with Dr. Rafael Medina on October 2, 2015, at Harvard University.
Dr. Rafael Medina, postdoctoral bryophyte researcher at the University of Connecticut, is currently focusing on the phylogenetic reconstruction, genome evolution and integrative taxonomy of the family Funariaceae. He will share some of his work on systematics and evolution of mosses.
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?