Troy University student working to preserve plants of Alabama

Posted: Tuesday, 17 February 2009

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 junior ecology major concentrating in field biology from Jack, received a $500 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.

“Ms. Leverett is a very deserving recipient of the scholarship,” said Dr. Michael Woods, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Leverett’s research director. “Her performances in her classes and in the laboratory are exceptional.”

Funds from this scholarship will support her research on the distribution and taxonomy of the genus Indigofera (Indigo plant) in Alabama.

“Hopefully the research conducted in this project will be used to inform the public of the unique characteristics of the genus Indigofera and will emphasize the importance of preserving the plants and habitats of Alabama,” said Leverett.

“We hope this research will help provide information and a reference for future studies in the southeastern United States,” she said.

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Troy University junior 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)