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Collin Biology Professor to Present County Flora Data

COLLIN BIOLOGY PROFESSOR TO PRESENT COUNTY FLORA DATA

April 29, 2005 – Collin County Community College District (Collin) students and professors are spearheading ground-breaking research.

Biology professor Dr. Nelson Rich will share some of the findings of one research project, the Collin County Flora project, during the Honors Institute Faculty-Student Seminars at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5 in room B187 at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. 

Rich plans to speak generally about the project describing other flora projects in the country and how the Collin County study fits in. Also, he will describe what a flora project is.

He also plans to present the results of the project to date including new data and explain how certain plant species in the area could present problems.

Rich also will include discussion on the limestone adder’s tongue, the only native fern species reported in Collin County, like its history and population dynamics in the area.

The Collin County Flora project includes a checklist of species collected by Rich and other sources in the county. The data will be used by environmental consultants, municipal planners as well as state- and nationwide studies. Collected specimens are preserved and maintained at the Collin County Community College Herbarium. The project is affiliated with the Collin Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, which provides research opportunities for undergraduates.

For more information, contact Rich at 972.881.5874.

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