News Archive

2016

Ben Morgan (PhD Student) was awarded the Mycological Society of America 2016 Fungal Forest Ecology Award for his research.

Jessa Finch (PhD Student) was awarded $100 for her research by the Illinois State Academy of Science Annual Meeting, 1st place graduate oral presentation, Botany.

Jessa Finch (PhD Student) was awarded $1200 for her research by the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals Student Research Grant.

Kelly Ksiazek (PhD Student) was awarded the Planting Science Digging Deeper Fellowship for her research.

Kelly Ksiazek (PhD Student) was awarded for her research by the North American Society of Conservation Biology Student Travel Award.

Lynnaun Johnson (PhD Student) was awarded $4500 for his research by the Catherine Beattie Fellowship.

Alex Seglias (MS Student) was awarded $450 for her research by the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.

Ben Cooper (MS Student) was awarded $750 for his research for the 2016 ASPT Graduate Research Award.

Ben Cooper (MS Student) was awarded $750 for his research for the New Mexico Native Plant Society Research Grant.

Adrienne Ernst (PhD student) is awarded the highly prestigious and competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! She will be conducting research on "The Effects of Phylogenetic and Functional Diversity on Invasibility of Restored Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystems"

Abbey White (MS student): "Understanding genetic diversity, clonality, and demography to inform restoration of a vulnerable Great Lakes endemic thistle, Cirsium hillii (Asteraceae)” ($1,000, Prairie Biotic Research Inc. 2016 award).

Jacob Zeldin (MS student): "Impacts of plant-community functional composition and diversity in the growth and persistence of threatened plant populations.” ($2,500, Garden Club of America, Field Botany Scholarship 2016).

Lynnaun Johnson (PhD student): "Investigating the carbon nutrition and mycorrhizal relationships of Dendrophylax lindenii, the Ghost Orchid, an endangered leafless epiphytic orchid native to Florida.” ($4,500, Garden Club of America, Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship 2016).

Rebecca Barak (PhD student): Do seed traits predict germination and persistence of plant species in prairie restoration? ($1,000, Society for Ecological Restoration 2016

2015

MS student ,Claire Ellwanger, received funding ($20,390) from The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in collaboration with the Fish and Wildlife Service for her research "Genetic assessment of management and restoration practices of the federally threatened orchid, Platanthera leucophaea (The Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid). For a more detailed update on Claire's research, please see the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Field Notes Entry (http://www.fws.gov/fieldNotes/regmap.cfm?arskey=36323).

PhD student, Elliot Gardner, has been awarded a grant of $4,673 from ISEN (Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, 2015) for his research " Basic science for a sustainable future: the genome of breadfruit’s wild relative."

Undergraduate student in biological sciences, Gabriela Carr, has been awarded a Northwestern University Undergraduate 2015 Summer Research Grant ($3,000) for her research "Soil in Prairie Restoration." Her advisor is Dr. Daniel Larkin.

Undergraduate student in environmental sciences, Taylor Tate, has been awarded a Northwestern University 2015 Summer Research Grant ($3,000) for her research "Pollinator and Flower Characteristics." Her advisor is Dr. Krissa Skogen.

Undergraduate student in biological sciences, Taran Lichtenberger, has been awarded a Northwestern University Undergraduate 2015 Summer Research Grant ($3,000) for her research "Diversity and Prairie Restoration," Her advisor is Dr. Andrea Kramer.

Claire Ellwanger, MS student, has been awarded a 2015 Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research Award ($500). 

Becky Barak, PhD student, has been awarded $1,000 from the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals 2015 Student Research Program for her grant "How do seed traits influence establishment in restored prairies?"

Magdalena Eshleman, MS student, has been awarded a grant from the Utah Native Plant Society ($1,000, 2015).

Magdalena Eshleman, MS student, has been awarded a 2015 grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University in the amount of $1,690 for her research "The Role of Seed Source When Restoring Native Ecosystems in the Colorado Plateau."

Rebecca Tonietto was awarded $75 for Best Oral Presentation entitled "Effects of habitat restoration on wild bee communities" at the March 2015 meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration held at the Chicago Botanic Garden on March 28, 2015. 

Robert Hevey was awarded $75 for Best Poster Presentation entitled "Ectomycorrhizal community recovery in a Quercus savanna" at the March 2015 meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration held at the Chicago Botanic Garden on March 28, 2015. 

Jessamine Finch, PhD student, was awarded a travel grant of $350 from the Illinois State Academy of Science for travel to Missouri to set up a field germination trial this coming fall (2015).

Ben Cooper, MS student, was awarded a 2015 Society of Herbarium Curators Student Research Grant ($500.00) for his research on the systematics of section Calylophus in the genus Oenothera (Onagraceae).

Nora Talkington, MS student, was awarded a 2015 Garden Club of America research award of $2,500 for Field Research at the Rio Mesa Center.

Adrienne Basey, MS student, was awarded $800 from the Washington Native Plant Society for her research to determine changes in genetic diversity of native plants associated with plant production. Her study species is golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta), a threatened species native to the prairies of western Oregon and Washington (2015).

PhD candidate, Kelly Ksiazek, was awarded the Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship (2015-2017)

PhD student, Aleksander Radosavljevic, was awarded a 2015 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant for "Systematics, biogegeography and taxonomy of the pantropical legume genus Cynometra s.l.” ($20,111) (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1501199&HistoricalAwards=false)

Elliot Gardner, PhD student, was awarded a 2015 NSF-Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for "Evolutionary transitions: pollination biology and domestication of Artocarpus (Moraceae)." Elliot's research combines phylogenomics with field experiments and morphological studies, and the grant will fund fieldwork in Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo) ($17,882). (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1501373)

Aleksandar Radosavljevic, PhD student, received the 2015 Garden Club of America Award in Tropical Botany ($5,500 award) for his work on the evolution of the legume genus Cynometra s.l.

2014

PhD student, Jessamine Finch, has been awarded the 2014 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research award in the amount of $500 for her research study: "Untapped restoration potential: are city plants pre-adapted to climate change." 

PhD student, Aleks Radosavljevic, has been awarded a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship. He will be assisting in collections improvement in the Botany Department at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC during 2014–15, while continuing work on his research focused on the systematics, biogeography, and taxonomic revision of the legume genus Cynometra ($36,500).

PhD student, Kelly Ksiazek, has been awarded $5,849 from the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern's Nasaw Family Fund for Environmental Research for her research "Patterns of pollen movement on urban green roofs." (2014)

PhD student, Kelly Ksiazek, has been awarded $1,500 from The Alumnae of Northwestern University for her Green Roofs Activity Book project. (2014)

PhD student, Elliot Gardner, is the first ever recipient of The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship. He will receive $4,000 to study pollination in the genus Artocarpus (Moraceae) in Malaysia. (2014) 

PhD student, Kelly Ksiazek, has been awarded the 2014 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Botany in Action Fellowship for $5,000.

MS student, Nora Talkington, was awarded a continuing education award of $1,000 from the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO). (2014) 

MS student, Laney Widener, has been awarded a grant of $700 from the California Native Plant Society for her research: Assessing reproductive isolation and genetic divergence in coastal California Castilleja (Orobanchaceae) species complex. (2014)

Congratulations to PhD student, Elliot Gardner, a 2014 "Capturing the Beauty of Science" Scientific Images Winner.

Four of our students were recently awarded the 2014 Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research Award. Congratulations to Jessa Finch, Elliot Gardner, Kelly Ksiazek, and Emily Lewis!

PhD students, Kelly Ksiazek and Elliott Gardner have each been appointed to receive The Dr. John N. Nicholson Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year by The Graduate School of Northwestern University.

2013

MS student, Kristen Laricchia, has been awarded a 2013 ISEN (Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern) grant in the amount of $5,892 for her research Transcriptome Analysis of Breadfruit across a Domestication Gradient.

Chicago Tribune article (October 30, 2013) highlighting the research of Chicago Botanic Garden scientist, Andrea Kramer, and her MS student, Alicia Foxx. 

Congratulations to PhD student, Elliot Gardner, for receiving honorable mention in the Science in Society 2013 Scientific Images Contest. He will receive a cash prize and his photo of a stunning Artocarpus lanceifolius stamen with pollen will be featured in the annual Science in Society art show in October.

MS student, Anne Nies, has been awarded the 2013 Mildred Hartney Scholarship from the Elmhurst Garden Club ($1,000).

PhD student, Aleks Radosavljevic, has been awarded the Botanical Society of America’s Lawrence Memorial Award for 2013 ($2,000). 

PhD student, Lauren Umek, was awarded the 2013 grant from the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals for her research Impacts of Restoration on Belowground Processes in Chicagoland Prairies ($1,000).

MS student, Theresa Melhem, was awarded the 2013 Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research Award for her work on the origins and diversity of jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) in the Western Ghats of India ($500).  

MS student, Maria Wang, was awarded the 2013 Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research Award for her work on the diversity and origins of chempedak (Artocarpus integer) in Malaysia ($500). 

MS student, Laney Widener, was awarded the 2013-14 Santa Clara Valley Chapter Graduate Research Scholarship for her work focused on understanding the Castilleja affinis (Orobanchaceae) subspecies complex ($1,500).

PhD student, Elliot Gardner, was awarded the 2013 Systematics Research Fund Award (jointly administered by the Linnean Society and the Systematics Association) for his dissertation research focused on population genetics and species limits of Artocarpus odoratissimus Blanco(Moraceae) ($1,500).

MS student, Erin Vander Stelt, was awarded the 2013 North Central Chapter Research Grant from the Society of Wetland Scientists, for her thesis research focused on factors influencing population dynamics in Isoëtes butleri, an endangered wetland species ($750).

PhD student, Elliot Gardner, was awarded the 2013 American Society of Plant Taxonomists Graduate Student Research Award for his dissertation research focused on population genetics and species limits of Artocarpus odoratissimus Blanco (Moraceae) ($800).

PhD student, Aleks Radosavljevic, has been awarded a one year Smithsonian Curatorial Graduate Fellowship. He will be assisting in collections improvement in the Botany Department at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC during 2013 –14, while continuing work on  his research focused on the systematics, biogeography, and taxonomic revision of the legume genusCynometra ($27,000).

PhD student, Kelly Ksiazek, received a 2013 Fulbright Travel Grant and Germanistic Society of America Fellowship for her research on green roofs in Germany.

PhD student, Paul Hartzog, was awarded an ISEN (Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern) Cluster Fellowship for 2013-14. Cluster Fellows are exceptional students with deep interest in energy and sustainability. 

MS student, Stephanie Frischie, has been selected to participate in the 2013 U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security at Purdue University. 

PhD student, Kelly Ksiazek, was awarded the 2013 Phipps Conservatory Botany in Action Fellowship ($5,000) for her research in Germany: "Predicting the future of green roof biodiversity"

PhD student, Kelly Ksiazek, was awarded the 2013 Illinois State Academy of Science Student Research Grant ($500) for her research in Chicago: "Can designing green roofs as Illinois prairie analogs increase urban ecosystem services?"

PhD student, Kelly Ksiazek, was awarded the 2013 Prairie Biotic Research Inc. Award ($1,000) for her research: "Can designing green roofs as prairie analogs increase habitat for native species?" 

MS student, Corey Palmer is the recipient of the 2013 Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration. Corey has been awarded $8,000 for her research which focuses on land management strategies in prairie restorations and how they affect soil quality.  

PhD student, Elliot Gardner, has been awarded the Torrey Botanical Society Student Training Fellowship for $1000 to attend a Tropical Botany course in Florida during summer 2013.

MS student Anne Nies was awarded the Fred Case Grant ($1,000) by the Native Orchid Society for her work that focuses on orchids and their mycorrhizal associations as they relate to various land management approaches (2013).

Congratulations to Lauren Umek (PhD student)! She has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship from Northwestern University's Graduate School (2013) for her research on investigating the effects of exotic plant invasion and restoration on plant communities and soil processes. Her research supervisor is Dr. Louise Egerton-Warburton. The fellowships are the most prestigious fellowship at Northwestern and are awarded to a very limited number of graduate students each year.

Matthew Rhodes was awarded a 2013 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research for $500 to support his Master's research focusing on how temporal variation in pollinator community structure influences reproductive dynamics and pollen movement in Oenothera harringtonii, an evening primrose endemic to southeastern Colorado, USA. His Master's advisor is Krissa Skogen.

2012

Paul Hartzog has been awarded a grant in the amount of $3,000 from the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). His research for this award is "Developing Isotopic Tools to Investigate Nitrogen Removal in Wetlands."

Kelly Ksiazek recently received a Conference Travel Grant in the amount of $500.00 from The Graduate School at Northwestern.

Rosemary Bush (MS, 2010) was awarded an EPA STAR three year graduate fellowship for a proposal that was based heavily on her PBS MS thesis. Ms. Bush also recently received a research grant from The Paleontological Society for her continuing research into plant n-alkanes and their relationship to a plant's environment.

Rebecca Tonietto, a third year PhD student has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship from Northwestern University's Graduate School for her research on determining the effects of tall grass prairie restoration on native bee communities. Her research supervisor is Dr. Dan Larkin. The fellowships are awarded to a very limited number of graduate students each year.