Troy University student working to preserve plants of Alabama

Posted: Wednesday, 03 March 2010

TROY—A Troy University student has received a scholarship that will help in the research efforts towards preserving plants and habitats of Alabama

Lindsay Leverett, a Troy University senior ecology major concentrating in field biology from Jack, received a $2,000 Blanche E. Dean Scholarship from the Alabama Wildflower Society.

The scholarship from the Alabama Wildflower Society is available to both undergraduate and graduate students that are conducting botanical research in Alabama. A committee selects the recipients based on their proposal and the merit of the research.

Funds from this scholarship will support her research on the distribution and taxonomy of the genus Crotalaria (Fabaceae) in Alabama. Crotalaria is known commonly as the rattlebox plant.

Leverett is working in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Woods, professor and curator in the Department of Biological Sciences.

“Ms. Leverett is a very deserving recipient of the scholarship,” Dr. Woods said. “Her performances in her classes and in the laboratory are exceptional.”

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Troy University senior ecology major Lindsay Leverett, of Jack, categorizes Alabama plants in the University’s herbarium, one of the fastest growing collections in the country according to professor Michael Woods, who supervises her work. Leverett was awarded an Alabama Wildflower Society scholarship for her work. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)