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Catawba article published by Smithsonian Institution

An article published online by the Smithsonian Institutionís www.Smithsonianscience.org site highlights the results of collaborative research conducted in part by Dr. Jay F. Bolin, assistant professor of biology at Catawba College.
The online article, titled ěSuper tough seed coat keeps Michauxís sumac on critically endangered list,î presents highlights from a scholarly research paper authored by Bolin and fellow researchers Marcus E. Jones (Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk Va.,) and Lytton J. Musselman (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.).
That paper, ěGermination of the federally endangered Michauxís sumac (Rhus michauxii),î appeared in the summer 2011 issue of ěNative Plants Journal.î
The research of Bolin and his colleagues involved trying different methods to coax the seeds of the native and endangered southeastern American shrub, Michauxís sumac, to germinate. To read the entire online article visit: http://smithsonianscience.org/2011/09/endangered-sumac/.
Bolin left his position as a Smithsonian Research Collaborator to join the Catawba faculty at the beginning of this academic year. He earned his bachelorís degree in Environmental Science from Virginia Tech, and his masterís degree in Biology and his Ph.D. in Ecological Sciences from Old Dominion University. He has spent more than a year living and teaching in Namibia on a Fulbright Fellowship associated with the University of Namibia.

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