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UMass Amherst Biologist Receives Fulbright to Study Ancient Native Plants and Invasive Insect Threat

AMHERST, Mass. – Benjamin Normark, professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was recently selected as a Fulbright scholar and will spend the fall 2016 semester in Mexico documenting the spread of the insect, cycad aulacaspis scale. It is an invasive species that threatens the country’s cycads, plants sometimes called “living fos- sils” because they have changed little in the last 280 million years.


Tagged "Awards/Fellowships"

NHC Summer Fellowships for 2014

NHC summer fellowships were in 2014 to two Organismic and Evolutionary Biology graduate students, Scott Schneider, a student of Ben Normark in the Biology Department, studied armored scale insects, a significant economic pest, and Anne Stengle, a student of Paul Sievert in the Department of Envir

A new Amazonian electric fish genus and species discovered in Brazil's Rio Negro by Cristina Cox Fernandes and Colleagues

Cristina Cox Fernandes, Curator of Fishes with the Natural History Collections and colleagues Adilia Nogueira and Jose Antonio Alves-Gomes of the Insituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia in Brazil have described a new bluntnose knifefish...

NHC Summer Fellowships for 2013

The Natural History Collections Summer Fellowships for 2013 have been awarded to six students: three graduate students in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program and three undergraduates in Anthropology, Biology, and Environmental Conservation. The average awarded was $3,000.

Reports from summer fellowship students

The reports from recipients of the NHC summer fellowships are coming in.

Ben Normark receives NSF grant

Curator of Insects Benjamin Normark has been awarded a $653,000 grant

Herbarium receives grant for digitization

The Herbarium of the University of Massachusetts recently received a four-year NSF "Advancing Digitization in Biological Collections Thematic Collections Network" grant as part of a consortium of five other New England herbaria including those at Harvard and Yale.

Summer Fellowship Reports

Reports from the 2012 summer fellowship program are coming in.

Summer Research Scholarships for 2013

Natural History Collections summer scholarships for student research will be awarded again in 2013.

Herbarium Curator Karen Searcy announces Mellon grant

The University of Massachusetts Herbarium recently received an Andrew W. Mellon “Global Plants Initiative” grant to create a coordinated database of images and information for the approximately 1300 Type Specimens housed in the collection.

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