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April 6, 2006

ULM Biology Professor Receives Prestigious Award

ULM assistant professor of systematic botany Kerry Heafner recently received the 16th annual Richard and Winnie Windler Award for the best plant systematics paper published in Castanea, a professional botanical journal, the previous year.

“Our department can take pride that we recognized his potential in bringing him to ULM, and I hope that this is a portent for a very bright future for him,” said Thomas Sasek, a ULM associate professor of biology.

At the 2006 Association of Southeastern Biologists annual meeting, Heafner and Rebecca D. Bray of Old Dominion University received the prestigious award for their paper titled “Taxonomic Reassessment of North American Granite Outcrop Isoetes Species with Emphasis on Vegetative Morphology and I. Piedmontana (Pfeiffer) Reed sensu lato”, which appeared in Castanea 70:204-221.

Heafner is also the curator of the herbarium at ULM. His professional interests generally focus on the ferns and fern allies. He concludes that Isoetes is a wonderful model for evolutionary studies because it has undergone both Darwinian and non-Darwinian modes of evolution.

Bray is an adjunct associate professor of biological sciences and the herbarium manager at Old Dominion University. She is also instrumental in the long-term, ongoing Atlas of the Virginia Flora project.

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