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Melinda Roberts hits trifecta with her research on ozone’s effects on native wildflowers

roberts.jpgMelinda Roberts, a biology graduate student from Appalachian State University, hit the trifecta with her research on ozone’s effects on native wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Roberts received the Award for Most Outstanding Poster at the Association of Southeastern Biologists Meetings, held in Florence, Ala.; was co-winner of the Quaterman/Keever Award for Most Outstanding Poster on an ecological subject, given by the southeastern chapter of the Ecological Society of America and presented at the ASB meeting; and co-winner of the best student poster award presented at the 37th Annual Air Pollution Workshop held in Banff, Canada. Her research, “The Influence of Water Relations on the Response of Cutleaf Coneflower to Ozone” conducted with Howard S. Neufeld, Alan W. Davison and Arthur H. Chappelka, looked at the effects of ozone on the coneflower’s ability to process water.

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