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  2013 Caitlin Lawrence
School: Oregon State University, Corvallis
Field of study: Is a Master’s degree candidate at Oregon State University, Corvallis. Her research project is entitled “Restoring the Endangered Golden Paintbrush Castilleja levisecta: Effects of biodiversity and nutrient availability on reintroduction success.” Her project seeks to investigate restoration management for this genus of poorly understood hemiparasitic plants which partially depend on supplemental moisture and nutrients from connections they form with the plants around them.
  2013 Phillip Moore
School: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Field of study: Phillip Moore is a Master’s degree candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He will study “Primary Pollinators and other Visitors to Pityopteris ruthii in Natural Populations.” Phillip’s project involves an endangered plant of the Southeastern United States. He proposes to investigate an issue of potential conservation significance – the use of genetic techniques to compare the genetic origin of pollen relative to the plant visited.
  2012 April Pallete
School: Western Carolina University
Field of study: Is a Masters degree candidate at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. She will study seed dispersal and germination ecology of Swamp Pink (Helonias bullata) by examining whether seed traits that suggest water dispersal convey buoyancy properties in water, and if a wetted period improves germination compared to seed that is not immersed or floated.
Project location: USA
  2012 Judson LeCompte
School: Auburn University in Alabama
Field of study: Is a Masters degree student at Auburn University in Alabama. His study examines the result of two different planting times on the survival of reintroduced pitcher plants (Sarracenia rubra ssp. Wherryi). This is important work in developing successful restoration techniques for the species.
Project location: USA
  2011 Kristen Sauby
School: University of Florida
Field of study: Ph.D. student, University of Florida, Gainsville. Kristens project will quantify the potential effect of the invasive South American Cactus Moth, Cactoblastis cactorum, on population trends of native Optunia. This proposal includes work of great importance to two imperiled species in Florida
    2011 Faith Inman-Nahahari
School: University of California
Field of study: Ph. D. student. University of California, Los Angeles Faiths project, titled Regeneration Ecology of an Endangered Ecosystem: Tropical Dry Forest, focuses on the primary factors supporting forest regeneration including the endangered species within it.
    2010 James Jones
School: "University of Oklahoma - B.S. Botany, Microbiology University of Oklahoma - M.S. Botany"
Field of study: "Will analyze how mating system dynamics inform conservation strategies for the rare, riparian shrub Alnus maritima, the most hight disjunct distirbution of any tree species in North America."
    2010 Elizabeth Stephens
School: Dicksinson College - B.S. Purdue University - M.S. University of Central Florida - Ph.D.
Field of study: Will study five endangered herb species and two native herb species to assess the importance of seed and seedling dynamics in scrub habitat.
Project location: "5,193 acre, globally-significant Archbold reserve in Highlands County, Florida"
    2009 Jennifer Navarra
School: University of Central Florida M.S. Candidate University of Central Florida B.A.
Field of study: Plant Ecology Will study "Species composition and spatial-temporal pattern of the soil seed bank along gradient of disturbance in Florida rosemary scrub."
    2009 Beyte Roque
School: "Florida International University Ph.D. Candidate Florida International University Master's in Biology Unaiversity of Havana, Cuba Bachelor in Science of Biology"
Field of study: Plant Ecology Her project will focus on "A habitat and reproductive study of the Pineland Allamanda (Angadenia berteroi) Apocynaceae."
    2008 Jessica Brzyski
School: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry B.S. Georgia Southern University M.S. University of Cincinnati Ph.D in progress
Field of study: "Conservation Biology Will work on a study of "Genetic Variation and Breeding Ecology of the Rare Plant, Spiraea virginiana.""
    2008 Mary Feist
School: "University of Cincinnati The College of Wooster University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Ph.D in progress"
Field of study: Botany Will work on a study that will involve both molecular and morphological data to ascertain whether Ptilimnium nodosum might actually represent three distinct species.
    2007 Melissa Caspary
School: University of Georgia Graduate Student
Field of study: "Will determine emerging threats to southeastern Piedmont granite rock outcrop lant communities and clarify how these threats are changing the plant community composition, stucture and function."
    2007 Kelsey Glennon
School: George Washington University Graduate Student/Ph.D. Candidate
    2006 Sarah Marcinko
School: University of North Carolina M.S. Ecology James Madison University B.S. Biology Haywood Communtiy College/Diploma Horticulture
Field of study: "Ecology Will study the effects of an altered stream flow on the endangered plant Ptilimnium nodosum, or harperella."
Project location: North Carolina's Tar River
    2006 John Geiger
School: Florida International University/PHD Candidate F.I. University/M.S. Biology/B.S. Biology
    2006 Shannon Straub
School: Cornell University Ph.D. Candidate University of Colorado B.A. Biology
Field of study: "Plant Systematics Will assess the taxonomic status and genetic diversity of Amorpha georgiana var. georgiana and Amorpha georgiana var. confusa, North Carolina's rare endemics of the southeastern United States, to inform conservation strategies."
    2005 Jacob Thompson
School: "Georgia State University, Statesboro M.S. Biology Valdosta State University B.S. Biology"
Field of study: Study: The impacts of white-tailed deer herbivory and invasive Lonicera japonica on the populaton dynamics of Trillium reliquum.
Project location: Research sites are in Georgia.
    2004 Tyler Smith
School: McGill University/PHD Candidate University of Guelph/B.S.
Field of study: "Research on the systematics and ecology of the Carex virescens complex, including the globally rare Carex roanensis."
Project location: Ozarks and Southern Appalachians
    2004 David Shelley
School: University of South Carolina Ph.D. Candidate in Geological Sciences New Mexico State University/M.S. Furman University/B.S. Geology
Field of study: "Research project: Palynological records of Macbridea caroliniana (Carolina bog mint), Ilex amelanchier (service holly) and associated flora."
Project location: "Congaree national Park, SC"
    2003 Christine Edwards
School: University of Florida Doctorial Student
Field of study: Proposal: Deals with the evolutionary history and relationships of five genera of endangered aromatic mints.
Project location: Southeastern United States
    2003 Christopher Heckel
School: "Hillsdale College B.S. Biology Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA M.A. Degree University of Pittsburgh Ph.D.Program"
Field of study: "Study: The impact of invasive kudzu on the population dynamics and reproductive success of the federally endangered native herb, Trillium Reliquum."

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