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NMSU biologist receives President's Award at regional science meeting

Laura Huenneke, head of the biology department at New Mexico State University, received the President's Award at the recent annual meeting of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain (SWARM) Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



Laura Huenneke, head of the biology department at New Mexico State University.

The award is presented by the division's president to someone who has provided distinguished service and leadership to and within the SWARM region.

Huenneke is known internationally for her expertise on biodiversity in arid lands and for her research on invasive plant species and the impact they have on arid ecosystems. She is a leading scientist in the National Science Foundation's Jornada Long-Term Ecological Research program, which focuses on the ecology of the Chihuahuan Desert. Last year she was one of 20 scientists selected nationally for the first class of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, a communication training program for environmental scientists.

The President's Award was presented by NMSU Executive Vice President John Owens, who completed a year as SWARM's president at the group's annual meeting held at NMSU in April.

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Karl Hill
May 4, 2000