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Plant Biology Alumni

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Are you a Plant Biology or Botany Alum? Please be in touch! Faculty always love to hear where their students are and what they're up to.

Spotlight on Plant Biology Alumni


Craig Costion (B.A. 2003) went straight from UVM into the Peace Corps in Palau, then worked as manager of the Natural History Section of Palau's National Museum, helped establish a national herbarium, and lead a floristic inventory of the island. He then completed a MSc at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of Adelaide working on endangered plant species in Palau, tree DNA barcoding, setting up a DNA bank at the Australia Tropical Herbarium in Cairns, and the evolutionary history of the Queensland wet tropics flora. He is also a consultant to the government of South Australia for establishing a network of biological corridors across the state. "Botany at UVM for me, laid a strong foundation for a non-stop career path in botany and biodiversity conservation."

Bryan Connolly (B.S. 1997) is the State Botanist for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. After graduating from UVM he went on to earn a MS in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Connecticut. After his graduate work he was a botanist for the University of Mississippi Medicinal Plant Garden. He then returned to New England and before taking his current position he worked as a consultant for the Connecticut Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and the New England Wild Flower Society. In addition to his work with the natural heritage and endangered species program he is pursuing a doctoral degree in plant science at the University of Connecticut. When not botanizing he can be found growing organic vegetables or milking goats with his wife and two children.

Linda Prince (B.A. 1987) continued her education at UNC-Chapel Hill, earning an MS and a PhD in Biology. Her concentration in plant systematics led her to postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, and then at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in southern California, where she remains today. She currently conducts conservation genetics research on threatened and endangered plants of the southwest in addition to managing the research laboratories for the institution. Although she spends many hours in the office and labs, she still finds plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the field too.

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