ANNUAL REPORT OF THE J. S KARLING AWARD COMMITTEE - 2008

The BSA Graduate Student Research Award including the J. S. Karling Award

The BSA Graduate Student Research Awards support graduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendations. Within the award group is the Karling Graduate Student Research Award. This award was instituted by the Society in 1997 with funds derived through a generous gift from the estate of the eminent mycologist, John Sidney Karling (1897-1994), and supports and promotes graduate student research in the botanical sciences.

The Committee asks that the Council gives approval to submit a proposal to restructure the BSA Graduate Student Research Awards. We suggest three to five of the awards be focused earlier in the student’s development path.

The 2008 award recipients are:

J. S. Karling Graduate Student Research Award

    Samuel Brockington, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - Advisors, Drs. Pamela & Douglas Soltis, Evolution and Development of Petals within Aizoaceae (Caryophyllales)

BSA Graduate Student Research Awards

    Tatiana Arias, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - Advisor, Dr. M. Alejandra Jaramillo, Did adaptation to different light environments facilitate the diversification of neotropical Piper (Piperaceae)? Phylogeny and evolution of plant architecture of Piper clade Radula

    Mauricio Diazgranados, Saint Louis University and Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO - Advisor, Dr. Janet C. Barber, Phylogenetic and biogeographic relationships between the frailejones (subtribe Espeletiinae, family Asteraceae) of the South American páramos

    Patrick Edger, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - Advisor, Dr. J. Chris Pires, Resolving the Phylogeny of the Mustard Family (Brassicaceae) and its application to date two ancestral whole genome duplication events and to reconstruct the ancestral karyotype for phylogenomics

    Kyra Krakos, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, - Advisor, Dr. Peter H. Raven, Shifts in Reproductive Biology Drive Diversification in Oenothera

    Patrick McIntyre, University of California, Davis, CA - Advisor. Dr. Sharon Y Strauss, Polyploidy, niche variation, and local adaptation in the Claytonia perfoliata (Portulacaceae) complex

    Amy Parachnowitsch, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Advisor, Dr. Andre Kessler, Natural Selection on Floral Traits by Mutualists and Antagonists

    Olofron Plume, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Advisor, Dr. Jeff Doyle, Molecular Systematics of Genus Calendula (Asteraceae): Species phylogeny, origins of hybrid and polyploid taxa, and the evolution of terpene diversity across the genus

    Stein Servick, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - Advisors, Drs. Pamela & Douglas Soltis, Genetic Consequences of Autopolyploidy in Galax urceolata (Diapensiaceae)

    Mackenzie Taylor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN - Advisor, Dr. Joseph Williams, Comparative Mating Systems in Cabombaceae (Nymphaeales)

Respectfully submitted, Bill Dahl