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Doctoral Student Selected for National Ecology Policy Award

Anna Groves

Anna Groves, a doctoral student in the Department of Plant Biology and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB) program in the MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci), is one of only six graduate students nationally to receive a 2017 Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) from the Ecological Society of America.

This prestigious award provides graduate students with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., for policy experience and training in their fields of study.

Groves studies prairie restoration ecology and plant community assembly, specifically focusing on tallgrass prairie restoration. She also has experience in science communication through blogging, teaching and speaking to the public. Groves is the co-founder and president of the EEBB Graduate Group and serves as the secretary of ESA’s Student Section.

The award winners will travel to D.C. later this month to learn about the legislative process and federal science funding, and to hear from ecologists working in federal agencies and to participate in Congressional Visits Day, when they will meet with policymakers on Capitol Hill. The event, co-organized by ESA and sponsored by the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition, offers GSPA recipients the chance to interact with their members of Congress and discuss the importance of federal funding for the biological and ecological sciences.

The other 2017 GSPA recipients are: Jason M. Aloisio (Fordham University), Tyler C. Coverdale (Princeton University), Christine J. Pardo (University of Miami), Jessica M. Rudnick (University of California, Davis) and Benton N. Taylor (Columbia University).

For more information visit: https://www.esa.org/esa/2017-graduate-student-policy-award-recipients/.

  • via College of Natural Science website

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