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Juliana Grinvalsky '04 Wins Fellowship for Merrymeeting Bay Research

Story posted June 05, 2003

Material for this article courtesy of the Environmental Studies Program.

Juliana Grinvalsky '04 has been awarded a fellowship through the National Science Foundation/New England Wild Flower Society Research Fellowship Program in Conservation Biology.

This prestigious fellowship provides a $3,750 stipend for advanced undergraduate or early graduate students who have demonstrated potential for completing outstanding research in biology.

During the summer of 2002, Grinvalsky worked with John Lichter, assistant professor of biology and environmental studies, to initiate a long-term monitoring study of the intertidal marsh communities of Merrymeeting Bay. In particular, the study focused on the unique dominance of an annual, wild rice, Zizania aquatica. Merrymeeting Bay is an ideal study site for population studies of this species since it contains the highest known concentration of E. parkerii (Parkerís Pipewort) populations in New England.

The fellowship will allow Grinvalsky to continue her research project during the summer of 2003, specifically looking at the spatial pattern of E. parkerii distribution on a population and landscape scale as well as looking at the reasons for its disappearance from some locations of its historic distribution.

The outcome of Grinvalsky's research project will contribute to Maine's Natural Area's Program GIS database of rare species. She will present her findings to New England Wild Flower Society Research Roundtable in September 2003.

Grinvalsky, from Morris, Conn., is a biology/environmental studies major. She is a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar and a member of the womenís indoor track team.

For more information on the New England Wildflower Society visit http://www.newfs.org/.

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