Monday, March 9, 2015

Bowker Lab member, Michael Remke, recognized as ARCS Scholar

The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), Phoenix Chapter recently awarded Michael Remke a Scholar Award for displaying success and achievement thus far in his scientific career. The award includes a sum of money for no strings attached spending and an honorary dinner and reception.

The ARCS Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research.
It is ARCS Foundation's belief that support of STEM education is essential to US economic growth and technological competitiveness, and helps to ensure continued US leadership in global innovation, health and quality of life. 
Michael Remke's research (see link) investigates the role soil organisms play in restoring native plants and facilitating plant survival in novel environments. His research thus far suggests that restoring plants with soil organisms from the plant population's site of origin, or home team soil organisms, may be an effective tool to restore and preserve ecosystem services in the face of a changing and dynamic climate. These same methods appear to be effective in restoring sites impacted by exotic species invasion. As Michael continues his research, he hopes to find creative and economically viable ways to incorporate his findings into landscape level efforts. 
For more information on the Scholar Award, see the below link. 

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