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  • Dr. Brosi is elected President-Elect for the Society for Economic Botany.
  • Selena Burke attends the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates at University of California, Riverside in Next Generation Plant Biology.
  • Karen Heeter wins a the Student Travel Award to attend the Society for Economic Botany Meeting in Bragança, Portugal.
  • Laura Smith begins a PhD program at the University of Tennessee in Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer's Tree Ring Lab
  • Laura Price wins the Best Undergraduate Poster Award at the 34th Annual meeting of the Mid Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society.


  • Laura Smith wins a Nature Genetics Award to attend the Society for Economic Botany Meeting in Clanwilliam, South Africa.


  • Graduate Students Lauren Hull & Laura Smith along with Dr. Brosi present on environmental education at the Life Discovery Conference in San Jose, CA, Oct. 3-4, 2014.
  • Dr. Brosi recieves the Society for Economic Botany's Mentor Award, Charles B. Heiser, Jr.
  • Michael McCampbell recieves the Fulling Award at the Society for Economic Botany's meeting in Cherokee, NC
  • 9 Undergraduate BS Ethnobotany Majors graduate in May, Now we have 21 graduates of our program


Graduate Student Awards: 

Michael Award

2014: Edmund Henry Fulling Award,  Society for Economic Botany, Michael McCampbell and Sunshine Brosi, Seedling Establishment of American Chestnut, Castanea dentata, in Pennsylvania.

2011: Julie F. Morton Award, Society for Economic Botany, Amanda Vickers*, Sunshine L. Brosi, James Howell, and David Puthoff, 2011, Chromatographic quantification of medicinal compounds in flowering and non-flowering wild-harvested Actaea racemosa L. Botany 2011, Healing the Planet, St. Louis, Missouri,  July 9-13.

2009:  Traditional Ecological Knowledge Student Merit Award:  Natalie A. Walsh* and Sunshine L. Brosi, 2009, poster: Stratification protocols and germination rates of open-pollinated families of black cohosh (Actaea racemosa L.) from three western Maryland state forests:  Population dynamics of a medicinal herb native to the Appalachian Mountains (poster), 94th Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, Aug.

Undergraduate Student Awards:

Congrats to Megar Carr, recipient of the Maryland Forestry Board Scholarship in 2014, other FSU Ethnobotany recipients include Laura Smith & Nathan Beeman.

  Li-COR Prize, Physiological Section, Botanical Society of America.  Mitch Hall**, Sunshine L. Brosi, and David Puthoff, 2011, The effectiveness of tomato plants (Solanum lycopersicum) modified with a Hessian fly-responsive (Hfr) gene against phloem-feeding and chewing insects.  Botany 2011, Healing the Planet, St. Louis, Missouri, July.

   Honorable Mention, Julia F. Morton Award, Mitra Karimian** and Sunshine L. Brosi, poster: Analysis of Dulcimer Makers in Appalachia, 2010, Society for Economic Botany 51st Annual Meeting, Xalapa, Mexico, June.


   Ronald E. McNair Ambassador Award for Exemplifying the Life, Values and Qualities of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Christopher Massimino** and Sunshine L. Brosi, 2009, Summer Research Institute, Metabolic Profiling of in vitro Cultured Medicinal Plants: Actaea racemosa L., University of Maryland, College Park.




  • Undergraduate Mitra Karimian wins an honorable mention at the Society for Economic Botany Conference for her Undergraduate Poster!  Thanks to the 2011 Ethnographic Field Techniques Course! 
  • Thanks to the Open Science Network in Ethnobiology:  Natalie Walsh, Robbie Kutchman, Mitra Karimian, Chris Massimino, Mimi Hernandez and Sunshine Brosi receive travel awards to attend the Society for Economic Botany Meeting in Xalapa, Mexico!
  • Undergraduate student Tommy Berry becomes the first FSU student to complete the Ethnobotany Major! 
  • Graduate student Natalie Walsh graduates with honors this spring, she successfully defended her MS Thesis: Wed. March 10th at 4:30pm


Society for Economic Botany's Newsletter has news about our program

Interview with Dr. Brosi after recieving the SEB teacher mentor award

Natalie Walsh explains what she has been doing since graduating from Frostburg

Mitch Hall describes his experience at Frostburg

Cumberland Times News, Cumberland, MD