New Student Grants and Visiting Scientists

Hasenstab-Lehman Earns Research Grants

Doctoral candidate Kristen Hasenstab-Lehman recently received a highly competive graduate student research fellowship from the Torrey Botanical Society. The fellowship will support fieldwork for her doctoral dissertation on the genus Varronia and other members of the Boraginaceae (Borage Family). This grant brings the number of RSABG botany students who have received the Torrey Botanical Society prestigious fellowship to four.

Hasenstab-Lehman also recently received the Annetta Carter research grant from the California Botanical Society to support her research on plants in the Boraginaceae that occur in Baja California.


RSABG Hosts Researchers from Near and Far

Jason Koontz, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Augustana College, Rock Spring, IL, has selected RSABG for his sabbatical. Koontz is especially interested in several rare species of the genus Delphinium (larkspur) that occur in California. During his stay at RSABG he plans to conduct fieldwork in support of his research, as well as work in the molecular lab. To learn more about Koontz and his research interests read more on his faculty webpage at Augustana College.

Carol Wilson, Ph.D., in collaboration with her colleague in the Caucasus region of Georgia, is hosting Zezva Asanidze from Tbilisi, Georgia. Zezva is a doctoral student at Ilia State University, who is studying the wild pear genus Pyrus, hybrids of which have produced many commercial pear varieties. Zezva comes to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to learn more about molecular techniques in the RSABG laboratories, which will further his research on these wild pears that occur in the Caucasus Mountains of Eastern Europe.