Larry E. Morse Visiting Botanist Fellowship


Larry E. Morse was a walking encyclopedia of information on plant taxonomy and conservation as well as their cultural uses, historical relevance, and ecological contributions. Larry retired in 2006 after long tenures as chief botanist for The Nature Conservancy and then NatureServe. He passed away in 2012.The Larry E. Morse Visiting Botanist Fellowship was established in 2012 to honor Larry's legendary career, long-standing commitment to plant conservation, and dedication to mentoring botanists of all ages and at any stage of their career.

NatureServe's annual botany fellowship, made possible by the Larry E. Morse Botany Fund, is open to network members, from young botanists just starting their careers to network alumni who have retired or moved on to other ventures. Through this program, Fellows put their knowledge and expertise to use on behalf of plant conservation by focusing on conservation assessments or taxonomic reviews of high-priority plants.

Qualified applicants will be familiar with NatureServe's species conservation assessment methodology botanical taxonomy and nomenclature, and our conservation database Biotics. The ideal candidate is a current or former botanist, ecologist, or data manager from a natural heritage program, NatureServe, or NatureServe Canada with expertise in a regional flora or taxonomic group. Applicants will be adept at researching academic and gray literature and have extensive contacts in the botanical community. The Fellow will present a webinar on their research to NatureServe's network and partners.

The fellowship is awarded each fall and runs from January to June of the ensuing year. 

2014 fellow: Kevin Doyle

2015 fellow: Alan Weakley

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