U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service awards grant to biology professor at Western

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service awards grant to biology professor at Western

Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 9:45am

Biology Professor Robin Bingham, Ph.D., of Western’s Natural & Environmental Sciences Department was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to complete field surveys and monitoring of skiff milkvetch in Gunnison and Saguache counties. Skiff milkvetch is a perennial wildflower that grows in sagebrush and sagebrush-juniper habitat.

Bingham also received a sub-award from the University of Colorado Boulder on a collaborative award from the National Science Foundation for a digitization project using herbarium data to document plant niches in the high peaks and high plains of the southern Rocky Mountains. Western is one of several institutions in the partnership.

Bingham is an evolutionary ecologist with specific interests in the areas of plant-animal interactions, evolutionary community ecology, the evolution of plant defense and the role of phenotypic plasticity in adaptive evolution. In tune with Western’s emphasis on experiential learning, Bingham is committed to involving undergraduate students in research, has mentored numerous undergraduate independent research projects and incorporates research experiences into many of her courses.

For more information, contact Dr. Robin Bingham at rbingham@western.edu.