UF researcher gets $865,000 grant

Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 6:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 6:55 p.m.

A Florida Museum of Natural History researcher has received a $865,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the museum announced Thursday.

Nico Cellinese, assistant curator of the herbarium and informatics, will study genetic diversity in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. The five-year CAREER grant begins March 1.

Cellinese's work will mainly be done on islands in the Aegean Sea. She will study species of in the bellflower family co better understand their evolutionary origins, according to the museum.

She is using part of the funding to hire a graduate student and a post-doctoral researcher. She is also developing two online courses in Mediterranean biogeography, one for college students and the other for K-12 students.

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