Graduate students Amber Szoboszlai of California State University and Sarah Wright of the University of Wisconsin have been named the 2007 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leader Award recipients.

Szoboszlai and Wright receive an AIBS membership, including a subscription to BioScience, and will travel to Washington, DC on April 18-19 to participate in a congressional visits event sponsored by the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) and the Coalition on Funding Agricultural Research Missions (CoFARM). They will meet with members of Congress and their staffs and attend briefings on federal funding for research by senior members of the science policy community.

Amber Szoboszlai is a Marine Science graduate student at the California State University's Moss Landing Marine Labs on the Monterey Bay in California. Her Master's research, which she expects to complete in May 2007, uses field experiments to examine how some species of algae growing in the intertidal zone may modify environmental conditions to promote the settlement and growth of the juvenile stages of another co-existing algal species. Szoboszlai was awarded a 2007 California Sea Grant State Fellowship with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) to synthesize biological research projects conducted at MBNMS with management needs and goals. Following her fellowship in September 2007, she will begin her Ph.D. research in marine ecology at the University of California, Davis.

Sarah Wright is a doctoral candidate in Botany at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2006 for her dissertation research examining the effects of climate change on the range limits and timing of the life cycle of wild lupine, the only host plant of the endangered Karner blue butterfly. Wright is engaged in a number of science education and outreach activities including the UW Center for Biology Education Adult Role Models in Science Program and the National Phenology Network Implementation Team, Citizen Science and Outreach working group. She intends to pursue a career in science education following the completion of her Ph.D.

AIBS also recognized Kyle Brown, a Ph.D. candidate in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, and Jennifer Jadin, a Ph.D. candidate in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics at the University of Maryland as EPPLA honorable mentions.


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