Our Cunin/Sigal Award Recipients
The Cunin/Sigal Research Award is made possible by the generosity of Elise and Marlowe Sigal (AB 1952; MBA 1954) through the Cunin/Sigal Research Award Endowment, established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Harry L. Cunin. The award supports investigations by graduate and advanced undergraduate students engaged in botanical research.
|Avalon Owens, a PhD student at Tufts University, focuses on firefly ecology and mating behavior. Last summer, Avalon surveyed firefly populations in multiple sites and the Arboretum was the most species-diverse firefly habit found in the Boston area. With the Sigal Award, she will examine how artificial light impacts firefly courtship using LEDs of varying colors and intensities. This could lead to the development of firefly friendly lighting.|