UMF Faculty Member Chris Brinegar is Awarded Fulbright to Study in Ecuador

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor the second time in six years, Chris Brinegar, UMF faculty member in the division of natural sciences, has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State with a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. As reported by the Associated Press, Brinegar will teach conservation genetics in the natural sciences department at the Technical University of Loja, in the Andes Mountains of southern Ecuador, and conduct research on the population genetics of two threatened tree species. Brinegar’s research specialty is in plant phylogeography, which is the study of the geographic distribution of genetic lineages in plant populations. Phylogeographic data can shed light on plant species evolution and is also used to assess biodiversity and to identify populations in need of conservation. Brinegar has taught ecology, environmental science and biochemistry at UMF since 2006. In 2008, he was awarded a Fulbright to teach and do research at Kathmandu University in Nepal. In 2012, he was awarded a grant by the Save the Redwoods League to help expand scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of coast redwood forests.

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