COA student recognized for insight into contamination, botany

College of the Atlantic News

Medeiros to use scholarship award to research lichens at contamination sites

BAR HARBOR, MAINE —  A College of the Atlantic student has received two scholarships for his research on lichens and plants of serpentine outcrops at metal-contaminated sites.

Ian D. Medeiros, a third-year COA student from Rehoboth, Mass., received a $4,000 Barbara D. May Scholarship from the National Garden Club and a $1,000 scholarship from the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts to continue work he began as a student on the Bar Harbor campus under the instruction of Professor of Botany Nishanta Rajakaruna.

During the 8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology in June in Sabah, Malaysia, Medeiros delivered an oral presentation based on his research, titled “Diversity and Conservation of Lichens at Two Metal-Enriched Sites in Coastal Maine, USA.”

Medeiros also recently secured a summer research position with the Field Museum in Chicago, where he will work on a lichen…

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