Announcements (Part II): Nominations, Applications, Positions

Call for Nominations

Lawrence Memorial Award

The award committee of the Lawrence Fund invites nominations for the 1998 Lawrence Memorial Award. Honoring the memory of Dr. George M. Lawrence, founding Director of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Award ($ 1,000) is given biennially to support travel for doctoral dissertation research in systematic botany or horticulture, or the history of the plant sciences, including literature and exploration.

Major professors are urged to nominate outstanding doctoral students who have achieved official candidacy for their degrees and will be conducting pertinent dissertation research that would benefit significantly from travel enabled by the Award. The Committee will not entertain direct applications. A student who wishes to be considered should arrange for nomination by his/her major professor; this may take the form of a letter which covers supporting materials prepared by the nominee.

Supporting materials should describe briefly but clearly the candidate's program of research and how it would be significantly enhanced by travel that the Award would support. Letters of nomination and supporting materials, including seconding letters, should be received by the Committee no later than 1 May 1998 and should be directed to: Dr. R. W. Kiger, Hunt Institute, Camegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 USA. Tel. 412-268-2434.

1998 Darbaker Prize in Phycology

The Botanical Society of America is accepting nominations for the Darbaker Prize in Phycology. This award Alga is presented for meritorious work in the study of microscopical algae. The Darbaker Award Committee will base its judgment primarily on papers published by the nominee during the last two full calendar years (1996-1997). The award is limited to residents of North America and only papers published in the English Ianguage will be considered. A monetary prize is presented to the recipient at the BSA society banquet during the annual meeting.

Nominations for the 1998 award should include all reprints of the nominee's work that are to be considered for the 1996-97 period and a statement of the nominee's merits addressed to the committee. The materials must be received no later than April 1, 1998. Please send nomination materials to: Gary L. Floyd, Chair, Darbaker Committee, 936 Kendale Road South, Columbus, Ohio 43220; email - floyd.1@

The David Starr Jordan Prize

In 1986, Cornell, Indiana, and Stanford Universities established a joint endowment to fund a prize in honor of David Starr Jordan, a scientist, educator, and institution builder with important ties to each of these institutions. The prize is international in scope and presented approximately every three years to a young scientist (normally 40 years of age or less, or with not more than 10 years since receipt of the Ph.D.) who is making novel, innovative contributions in one or more of the areas of Jordan's interest: evolution, ecology, population and organismal biology.

The intent of the prize is to recognize young scientists who are making research contributions likely to redirect the principal focus of the fields. In addition to a cash award, the recipient will receive a commemorative medal and will attend an awards ceremony, visit each of the institutions and give scholarly presentations of his/her work. The selection of the prize winner will be made by a committee composed of representatives from each of the three institutions.

The Fourth David Starr Jordan Award will carry a prize of $15,000 and will be announced in mid-1998. Nomination forms are available from: Dr. Jeffrey Palmer, Department of Biology, Jordan Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, tel 812-855-6284, fax 812-855-6705. All nomination materials must be received prior to February 1, 1998.


The 1998 Jesse M. Greenman Award

The Greenman Award, a certificate and a cash prize of $1,000, is presented each year by the Missouri Botanical Garden. It recognizes the paper judged best in vascular plant or bryophyte systematics based on a doctoral dissertation published during the previous year. Papers published during 1997 are now being accepted for the 30th annual award, which will be presented in the summer of 1998. Reprints of such papers should be sent to Dr. P. Mick Richardson, Greenman Award Committee, Missouri Botanical Garden, P. O. Box 299, St. Louis, Missouri 63166-0299, U.S.A. In order to be considered for the 1998 award, reprints must be received by 1 June 1998.

Educational Opportunities

Biology Master's Degree -- Boise State University

The Department of Biology at Boise State University seeks students interested in pursuing a Master of Arts or Science in Biology. Research opportunities exist in a broad range of biological subdisciplines. Teaching assistantships are available and are funded at a competitive rate. Prospective students should contact a potential faculty sponsor prior to applying. For more information and a list of faculty and their interests see

Recombinant DNA Lab Courses
7-19 June 1998

During the summer of 1998, Indiana University's Department of Biology, in cooperation with the I.U. Division of Continuing Studies, will offer two week-long laboratory courses focusing on the techniques and procedures used in recombinant DNA research and their application. Participants also have the opportunity to work with a DNA sample of their own research organism. Both courses will be taught on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington.

Recombinant DNA Technology - The first course, "Recombinant DNA Technology," will introduce participants to procedures involved in recombinant DNA work and to the molecular aspects of genetic engineering. Most of the procedures that are taught to biology graduate students in the recombinant DNA section of a graduate techniques course at Indiana University will be covered. Participants can make arrangements to isolate genomic DNA from their own research organisms during the course.

The following techniques will be included: DNA and cloning vector manipulation, PCR technology, preparation of recombinant DNA, transformation of bacterial cells, selection and assay of cloned and amplified fragments of "foreign" DNA, transfer of DNA for probing (Southern blot), preparation of nonradioactive DNA probes, and use of web sites in research and teaching. "Recombinant DNA Technology" is designed for those with a basic understanding of the structure of DNA and elemental genetics and with a minimal understanding of enzymes and biochemistry. The course is scheduled for June 7-12, 1998. Registration deadline is May 15.

Application of recombinant DNA Technology: RFLP and Fingerprinting Analysis, RAPD Analysis and DNA Sequencing - This course will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the materials and techniques used in recombinant DNA research. Participants may bring a DNA sample to sequence during the course. This course will emphasize the following techniques: DNA sequencing using non-radioactive methods, RAPD analysis of genomic DNA, fingerprinting and RFLP analysis of genomic DNA, electroporation of bacterial cells, chemiluminescent detection of nucleic acids, application of computers to DNA sequencing data analysis, preparation of random fragment sequencing libraries and double-stranded DNA for sequencing, use of bioneb cell and bipolymer disruption systems, and use of web-based sites for molecular biology.

A basic understanding of the structure of DNA and elemental genetics is assumed for participants in this short course, as is a minimal understanding of enzymes and biochemistry. Previous experience with PCR or RFLP analysis and DNA sequencing is not a prerequisite, nor is completion of "Recombinant DNA Technology." This course is scheduled for June 14-19, 1998. Registration deadline is May 15.

The instructor for both courses is Dr. Stefan J. Surzycki, Associate Professor of Biology at Indiana University. The registration fee for each course is $1,125.00. The fee for those enrolling in both courses is $1,800,00. The fees include all instruction, laboratory supplies, use of equipment, and lab manuals. For additional information, contact Jane Clay, Bloomington Division of Continuing Studies, Indiana University, Owen Hall 204, Bloomington, IN 47405, phone (812) 855-6329, internet, web

Funding Opportunities

New England Botanical Club
Graduate Student Research Award

The New England Botanical Club will offer $2000 in support of botanical research to be conducted by graduate students in 1998. This award is made annually 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.

The award will be given to the graduate student(s) submitting the best research proposal dealing with systemic botany, biosystematics, plant ecology, or plant conservation biology. It is anticipated that two awards will be given, although the actual number of awards and amount will depend on the proposals received.

Applicants must submit: Proposal of no more than three double-spaced pages, budget, curriculum vitae, and two letters in support of the proposed research, one from the student's thesis advisor. Three paper copies of the proposal, budget, and CV must be submitted.

Send proposals to: Awards Committee, The New England Botanical Club, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. Proposals and supporting letters must be received no later than March 2, 1998. The recipient(s) will be notified by April 30, 1998.

Previous Awards: Two Graduate Student Research Awards were given in 1997. Tatyana Rand, of Brown University, received support for her study on the processes influencing the distribution and abundance of halophytic forbs in New England salt marshes and Thomas Vining of the University of Maine in Orono, received support for his study of the phenology and hybridization of two Picea species.

International Water Lily Sociey
Research Grants

The International Water Lily Society (IWLS) plans to award a small number of research awards (normally ranging from $500 - 1,000) for 1998 to support scholarly activity in the area of aquatic plant research. Nymphaea Deadline for application is March 2,1998. This program provides financial support to graduate students, faculty and other professionals pursuing research or scholarly activity leading to recognition in their discipline. Grants may be used to purchase needed equipment, conduct travel or supplement salaries. Proposals focused on the ecology, taxonomy, systematics, conservation, propagation, or horticultural aspects of water lily taxa (Nymphaeaceae and Nelumbonaceae) will be given preference. Request applications from: Dr. Ed Schneider, Chairman IWLS Research Committee Santa Barbara Botanic Garden 1212 Mission Canyon Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA, <>

Request for Applications:
International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups

The Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation and the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health announce the second Request for Applications (RFA) for International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups, for multi-institutional, multidisciplinary research addressing the combined goals of drug discovery, biological conservation, and sustainable economic development in less developed countries of the world. The full RFA and other information are available on the Web at <>. Inquiries can be addressed by e-mail to <

American Philosophical Society Grants

The American Philosophical Society makes grants towards the cost of scholarly research in all areas of knowledge except those where support by government or corporate enterprise is more appropriate. Projects likely to culminate in scholarly publications are preferred; projects in the creative or performing arts, for the general readership, and educational materials for classroom use are not eligible.

Grants cover travel to the objects of research, purchase of photo reproductions of documents, and consumable professional supplies not available at the applicant's institution. The Society makes no grants for study, salary replacement, travel to conferences, consultation with other scholars, assistance with data entry, publication or translation, or the purchase of permanent equipment, telephone calls or stationery.

Eligibility: Applicants are expected to have held the doctorate for at least one year. Foreign nationals applying from abroad must state precisely what objects of research, only available in the United States, need to be consulted.

Amount of award: averages $3,000; $6,000 maximum. In accordance with federal regulations, a 1099 miscellaneous income form will be issued for all grants that exceed $600.

Deadlines: March 1 for decisions by mid-June, October 1 for decisions by mid-January, and December 1 for decisions by mid-March.

Obtaining forms: Written requests for forms must indicate eligibility, specify the area of research, and state the proposed use of grant funds. Include a self-addressed mailing label. Telephone requests for forms cannot be honored. Write to Committee on Research, American Philosophical Society, 150 South Independence Mail East, Philadelphia PA 19106.

Questions concerning the eligibility of a project or applicant are accepted at (215) 440-3429 (M, T, Th, F 9-5; W 9-1) or via e-mail to

Call for Applications

Bullard Fellowships in Forest Research
Harvard University

Each year Harvard University awards a limited number of Bullard Fellowships to individuals in biological, social, physical and political sciences to promote advance study, research or integration of subjects pertaining to forested ecosystems. The fellowships which include stipends up to $30,000, are intended to promote individuals in mid-career with an opportunity to utilize the resources and to interact with personnel in any department within Harvard University in order to develop their own scientific and professional growth. In recent years, Bullard Fellows have been associated with Harvard Forest, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the J. F. Kennedy School of Government and have worked in areas of ecology, forest management, policy and conservation. Fellowships are available for periods ranging from four months to one year and can begin any time in the year. Applications from international scientists, women and minorities are encouraged. Fellowship are not intended for graduate students or recent post-doctoral candidates. Further information may be obtained from: Committee on the Charles Bullard Fund for Forest Research, Harvard University, Harvard Forest, P.O. Box 68, Petersham, MA 01366 USA. Annual deadline for applications is February 1.

Katherine Esau Postdoctoral Fellowships
University of California, Davis

Applications and nominations are invited for Katherine Esau Postdoctoral Fellowships, which will be awarded to outstanding young scientists interested in developing careers in structural aspects of plant biology, including studies in which plant structure is integrated with function. Esau Fellowships will be awarded for a period of two years to enable successful candidates to work under the mentorship of a University of California, Davis, faculty member.

Applications/nominations should identify an appropriate faculty mentor(s) and include a curriculum vitae of the candidate, reprints of published works, and brief proposal of the research that would be carried out under this program. The names and addresses of three references are also required.

Requests for information regarding these fellowships should be addressed to Dr. William J. Lucas, Chair, Faculty Advisory Committee, Esau Fellowship Program, Section of Plant Biology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis CA 95616. Fellowships will be awarded on a bi-annual basis. Deadlines for this on-going program are June 1 and December 1. The University of California is an equal opportunity employer.

NSF Ph.D Fellowship, Root Ecology
Penn State University

An NSF Ph.D. Fellowship is available for research on root ecology at Penn State University. The general subject area is the role of root architecture in optimizing the acquisition of soil resources with contrasting spatial and temporal distribution, such as water and phosphorus. Available tools include a geometric simulation model of root architecture (SimRoot) and related populations of plant genotypes segregating for specific architectural traits. For information contact Jonathan Lynch, Dept. Horticulture, Penn State, University Park, PA, 16802, tel 814-863-2256, fax 814-863-6139, email Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible.

Positions Available

Microbiology and Plant Systematics
Auburn University

The Department of Botany & Microbiology at Auburn University seeks to fill 2 tenure track positions at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate for the Microbiology position will have responsibility for courses in microbial physiology as well as general microbiology or general biology. Candidates with a record of research in some area of microbial physiology, yeast genetics, and/or signal transduction are preferred. The successful candidate for the Plant Systematics position will teach Plant Taxonomy/Systematics and in the General Biology Program. Candidates with a research program related to some area of plant systematics utilizing molecular techniques are encouraged to apply. For both positions a Ph.D. degree in a relevant area is required, and candidates with postdoctoral experience and demonstrated ability to establish a strong, independent, and extramurally funded research program are preferred. A complete C.V., brief statements of future research interests and teaching experience, and 3 letters of reference should be sent to: Dr. Robert Locy, Search Committee Chairman, Department of Botany & Microbiology, 101 Life Sciences Building, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849. Auburn University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and actively seeks applications from qualified women and minority candidates.

Plant Ecologist
Southwest Missouri State University

The Department of Biology at Southwest Missouri State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in plant ecology at the level of Assistant Professor. Requirements for the job include a Ph.D. with a specialty in plant ecology and a record of publication. Primary duties include teaching courses in introductory biology and plant ecology; student advisement; research and publication; and involvement with the graduate (master's) program. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The starting date is 17 August 1998.

Applicants should submit a letter of application specifying teaching and research interests, a curriculum vita, and the names /addresses/phone numbers/e-mail addresses for five references to: Dr. John Heywood, Chair, Plant Ecology Search Committee, Department of Biology, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield MO 65804-0095. Tel 417-836-5149, fax 417-8364204, e-mail <>. Review of applications will begin 16 January 1998. SMSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Plant Biologist
Drake University

Pending final budget approval, the Department of Biology at Drake University invites applications from individuals with the Ph.D. degree for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Plant Biology effective August 1998. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and advanced courses in botany. Applicants with teaching experience, research interests in field botany, plant taxonomy, and grassland ecology are preferred. Postdoctoral experiences with computers, geographic information systems, and remote technologies are desirable. Herbarium experience, greenhouse technology, and knowledge of Iowa grassland ecology is desirable. The research program established at Drake will involve participation by graduate (M.A.) and undergraduate (B.S.) students. The department expects excellence in both teaching and research. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae including teaching experience, statement of teaching philosophy, research interests and goals, relevant reprints, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Send application and supporting material to: Dr. Wayne B. Merkley, Department of Biology, Drake University, 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505. Formal consideration of applications begins January 20, 1998, and will continue until position is filled. Drake University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Diversity and Evolution of Non-Flowering Land Plants
University of Connecticut

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut anticipates a tenure-track position in evolution and diversity of nonangiospermous land plants at the level of Assistant Professor, although all ranks will be considered. The successful candidate must have expertise in one or more extant or extinct land plant groups and will have established an innovative research program focusing on the origin, diversity, evolution or systematics of land plants. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory biology/botany and a specialty course in land plant diversity and evolution, or paleobotany. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology, botany or a related area; post-doctoral experience is desirable. Please send CV, statements of research and teaching interests, three letters of recommendation and copies of publications to: Cynthia Jones, Chair, Land Plant Evolution Search Committee, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Box U-43, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3043. Review of applications will begin January 16, 1998. The University of Connecticut encourages applications from under-represented groups including minorities, women and people with disabilities.

Plant Ecology
The University of Oklahoma

The Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Oklahoma is seeking a plant ecologist for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This individual will be expected to teach and conduct research in ecosystems ecology and must have a Ph.D. in botany, ecology, or a related field. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate botany, ecology, and a specialty course at the graduate level. Postdoctoral experience and expertise in computational ecology, rhizosphere ecology, or GIS are particularly desired. Curriculum vitae, including statements of research and teaching interests, and three letters of reference should be sent to: Dr. Linda Wallace, Chair Ecology Search Committee, Botany and Microbiology Department, University of Oklahoma, 770 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, OK 73019-6131. Review of applications will start February 1, 1998 and will continue until a suitable applicant is found. The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Plant Population Geneticist
University of Toronto

The Department of Botany, University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level effective July 1, 1998. We seek a plant geneticist with research interests in population and evolutionary genetics. We are particularly interested in applicants using molecular and theoretical approaches to the study of evolutionary processes and with interest in teaching genetics and evolution.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, train graduate students and teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience is expected. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, copies of up to five recent publications, statements of research and teaching interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be forwarded to Professor Spencer Barrett, Chair of Population Genetics Search Committee, Department of Botany, University of Toronto, 25 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3B2 before January 16, 1998.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The University of Toronto encourages applications from qualified women or men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Economic Botany/Ethnobotany
Postdoctoral Position
Field Museum of Natural History

The Field Museum of Natural History is seeking an outstanding economic botanist/ethnobotanist to fill anew postdoctoral research associate position "The Abbott Laboratories Adjunct Curator of Economic Theobroma Botany." This two-year term position is part of the Museum's new initiative to revitalize programs that focus on economically important plants as they relate to biological, conservation, social, and economic issues. The primary duties of the successful candidate will be to undertake research in some aspect of economic botany/ethnobotany. We are looking for someone who will interface with our Botany and Anthropology Departments and our Environmental and Conservation Programs Office. In addition to research, the adjunct curator will serve as a resource for developing educational programs in economic botany and ethnobotany. Facilities include over 2.6 million botanical specimens (including a fine economic botany collection and one of the world's richest holdings of neotropical plants), 600,000 objects in the Archaeology and Anthropology collections, an outstanding library, and molecular systematics and biochemical laboratories. Geographic focus is open. Additional information on the Field Museum is available at

Consideration of applications will begin on January 5, 1998. Please submit a curriculum vitae; a statement of research objectives; names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of at least 3 references; and copies of relevant publications to: Search Committee, Department of Botany, The Field Museum, Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496. E-mail inquiries: As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, we especially encourage applications from women and minorities.

Plant Population Biologist/ Director of Botanical Garden
University of California, Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley seeks to fill a tenured position (Associate or Full Professor) in the area of plant population biology. A primary responsibility of the job will be to serve as the Director of the UC Botanical Garden. The research interests of the investigator selected should be focused on evolutionary change in extant populations. The ideal person would combine the study of plan, population biology with interests in population genetics and systematics. Possible areas of expertise include population genetic structure, life-history evolution, conservation genetics, evolutionary dynamics of fungal/plant interactions and pollination biology.

Teaching assignments in Integrative Biology would involve participation in an upper division course in plant population biology or evolutionary ecology, participation in a core course Cone in genetics or biodiversity, and graduate level seminars in the area of specialty.

The 34 acre Botanical Garden, located 5 minutes from central campus in Strawberry Canyon, provides opportunitiesfor research with living plants, supplies teaching material for classes on campus, and serves as an outdoor laboratory for students. The Garden's well-documented collections are especially rich in succulents and South American, South African, European and Asian plants as well as Californian flora. In terms of, species diversity, the Botanical Garden's collection ranks among the largest in the United States.

Integrative Biology is an interactive, multidisciplinary department with an evolutionary focus. The Department is housed in the recently renovated Valley Life Science Building which provides a diversity of modern core facilities and also contains the University and Jepson Herbaria, the Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. The Department also has access to the field stations of the U.C. Natural Reserve System scattered throughout California.

Completed applications must be postmarked by October 15, 1997. The appointment commences on July 1, 1998. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, three publications, statements of teaching and research interests, and the names of three referees to the address below. The University of California is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Search Committee, Directorship of the UCB Botanical Garden Department of Integrative Biology 3060 VLSB, # 3140 University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-3140

Postdoctoral Researcher, Wood Anatomy
University of Hawaii

Woods From a Tropical Forest Region (Peru) Project, Department of Geography, University of Hawaii. Regular Full-Time, one year limited-term, RCUH Non-Civil Service position, located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Continuation is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, and availability of funds. Minimum Monthly Salary: $2,856.00. Duties: Performs microtechnique and conducts research on the effect of climate on wood structure. Other duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in forestry, botany, or related discipline. Experience in plant microtechnique and data analysis. Knowledge of wood anatomy. Inquiries: Deborah Woodcock, 808-956-7526, Application Requirements: Send cover letter (note ID#350) with narrative on your qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and email addresses of three work related references to the Director of Human Resources, Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, 2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall D-100, Honolulu, HI 96822. Closing Date: November 17, 1997.

Botanical Information Consultant
L.A. County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Salary $2,207 to $2,741/mo. Researches and provides answers for inquiries form the public (i.e., identifies plant species from flowers or cuttings), recommends control measures for plant diseases and pests, and provides articles, brochures, and presentations on botanical/horticultural subjects. Requires: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in botany, horticulture, or a closely related field and one year's experience disseminating botanical information to the public in a botanical/ horticultural establishment. Obtain application from County Parks and Recreation, 433 S. Vermont, Los Angeles CA. Tel. 213-738-2995.

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