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Award for Pfennigwerth

Not only did Alix Pfennigwerth (Schweitzer Lab) win a scholarship to support her travel, lodging and registration to attend the Natural Areas Conference, she received an award while she was there!

Pfennigwerth won “best student oral presentation” at the conference in Little Rock, AR, which was held November 3-5.  She presented results from her Master’s work in a talk called, “Inferring response to climate change from natural laboratories: is there convergence in plant functional traits across multiple elevational gradients in Rhododendron maximum?” She discussed how patterns from her field and common garden experiments are relevant to conservation professionals and can be used to inform conservation planning for future natural areas under climate change.