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May 18, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Vis Gets Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship Award

Dr. Morgan Vis conducts field research in a stream.

Dr. Morgan Vis conducts field research in a stream.

By Sydney Dawes
PACE Writer Environmental & Plant Biology

Dr. Morgan Vis, Professor and Chair of Environmental & Plant Biology, received the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship Award for 2015-16.

The award is given to a faculty member in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University who has demonstrated an impactful research contribution to his or her field while serving at Ohio University.

Dr. Vis’ research focus is on algae. She studies the evolutionary relationships of freshwater red algae. She has numerous research collaborations with scientists worldwide including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Poland and elsewhere. In the past three years, Dr. Vis along with undergraduate researchers, graduate students, a postdoc and collaborators have published 11 articles including a book chapter on this research topic.

Pressing of Batrachospermum (the frog spawn alga) that Morgan Vis studies

Pressing of Batrachospermum (the frog spawn alga) that Morgan Vis studies

“Our entire department recognizes Morgan’s truly remarkable and prolific record of scholarly activities, the contributions she makes to her discipline and to collaborative research on regional, national and international stages, and the great admiration bestowed on her by her peers as one of a mere handful of world experts in freshwater red algae,” says Dr. Harvey Ballard, Associate Professor, who serves as chair of the Environmental & Plant Biology Evaluation/Tenure and Promotion Committee, remarked in Vis’ nomination letter.

“Even amid a substantial number of faculty who strive for both teaching excellence and national and international scholarship, Morgan stands out as one of the most impressive faculty our department has ever had,” he added.

 

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