Deland Award Recipients

Deland Award Recipients

Established in 1992 through the generous bequest of F. Stanton Deland, Jr., Harvard ’36, the Deland Award for Student Research supports research by graduate and advanced undergraduate students investigating the comparative biology of woody plants.

Steve Gougherty

Steve Gougherty

2019 Deland Award
PhD Student, Boston University

Steve is developing a new framework to consider nutrient use efficiency (NUE) in plants beyond the traditional methods focused on vegetative tissues. He will measure the carbon and nitrogen costs of reproduction in samaras, a type of fruit. Samaras are green during seed development, suggesting active photosynthesis, but tend to lose their pigments as seeds mature. He will assess whether carbon acquisition and nutrient recycling during reproduction are large enough to influence whole plant NUE.

Meghan Blumstein

Meghan Blumstein

2018 Deland Award
PhD Candidate, Holbrook Lab, Harvard University

Meghan will quantify genetic variation within a population of Quercus rubrum (red oak) and compare this to the variation found across the entire range using Arboretum trees collected from different locations in the wild. Quantifying genetic variation will improve modeling used to predict the ability of plant species to adapt in the face of climate change.

Erin Pierce

Erin Pierce

2018 Deland Award
PhD Student, Templer Lab, Boston University

Erin will measure ozone levels and tree growth at the Arboretum. Combined with the data from the Arboretum’s National Atmospheric Deposition Program monitoring station, Erin will evaluate the role of air pollution on urban ecosystem health.

Harold Suarez-Baron

Harold Suarez Baron

2018 Deland Award
PhD Candidate, University of Antioquia in Colombia

In Aristolochia (dutchman’s pipe), the trichomes (hairs) found on flowers are important for attracting and retaining flies for pollination. Harold focuses on the genetic mechanisms underlying trichome development in this non-model plant.

Jon Mahoney

Jonathan Mahoney

2016 Deland Award
Master’s student, University of Connecticut

As part of the Aronia breeding program, Jonathan Mahoney is investigating the mating systems and compatibility issues of intergeneric hybridization between Aronia and related taxa.

Alex Susko

Alexander Susko

2016 Deland Award
PhD candidate, University of Minnesota

Alex will collect and sequence deciduous azaleas originally collected across the geographic and environmental range to identify genetic targets of selection associated with differing environmental responses in Rhododendron.

Steve Decina

Stephen Decina

2015 Deland Award
PhD Candidate, Boston University, Templer and Hutyra Labs

Steve aims to understand how urbanization affects biogeochemical cycles. By comparing collection sites in urban areas, including the Arboretum, he will quantify nitrogen deposition in multiple urban sites.

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Laura Garrison

2014 Deland Award
PhD Candidate, Brown University, Edwards Lab

Focusing on the Arboretum’s Viburnum collection, Laura is examining the relationship between diversity in morphological characters and the response to climate change.

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Kristel Schoonderwoerd

2014 Deland Award
Master’s Student, Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Evolutionary Biology

At the Arboretum, Kristel will study reproductive traits, including female gametophye development and seed development, of Franklinia alatamaha and Stewartia ovata.

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Kathryn Weglarz

2013 Deland Award
PhD Candidate, Utah State University, von Dohlen Lab

While much focus has been placed on understanding plant-insect interactions, Kathryn’s goal is to delve specifically into the interaction between the host plant and the bacterial symbionts present in the saliva of the insects.

Laura Lagomarsino

Laura Lagomarsino

2012 Deland Award
PhD Candidate, Harvard University, Davis Lab

Laura is studying the evolution of secondary woodiness in the Lobelioideae, a primarily temperate herbaceous group of plants. The Deland Award will enable Laura to travel to Peru to collect plant specimens for the Herbarium and for her studies of wood anatomy.

Emily Scherbatskoy

Emily Scherbatskoy

2011 Deland Award
Undergraduate Student, University of Colorado, Boulder

Working in the Friedman Lab with Julien Bachelier, Emily will focus on the comparative morphology of female gametophytes in diverse conifers in an effort to shed light on the evolution of female gametophyte development

Juan Losada

Juan Losada

2011 Deland Award
PhD Candidate, Aula Dei Experimental Station–CSIC, Spain

Juan focuses on the reproductive biology of apples (Malus spp.). Juan will spend the summer working at the Weld Hill Research Building to expand his studies to include species in the Arboretum’s Magnolia and Stewartia collections.

Mariana Oliveira e Castro

Mariana Oliveira e Castro

2011 Deland Award
Master’s Student, University of Coimbra, Portugal

In collaboration with John and Sally Perkins of the American Rhododendron Society, Mariana will determine the ploidy level (number of chromosome pairs) of 50 specimens of Rhododendron calendulaceum held in the Arboretum’s living collection.

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Preeti Rao

2011 Deland Award
PhD Candidate, Boston University,Hutyra Lab

Preeti aims to understand how urbanization affects ecosystems. By comparing two plots in the Arboretum’s Bussey Brook Meadow with plots at the Harvard Forest and other areas in between, she hopes to quantify the effects of urbanization on nitrogen and carbon dynamics. Her project is a collaboration with Adrien Finzi of Boston University and Arboretum Senior Research Scientist Peter Del Tredici.