RESEARCH HONOR: Coverdale receives ESA Graduate Student Policy Award
Tyler Coverdale, a graduate student in Princeton University's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was one of six graduate students nationwide to receive a Graduate Student Policy Award from The Ecological Society of America. Recipients will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers and discuss the importance of federal funding for the biological and ecological sciences. Coverdale focuses his research — which is partly funded by the National Science Foundation — on plant defenses in African savannas. He works at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya and also has worked on restoring the vegetation community in Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park. In 2015, he co-organized a science communication symposium at Princeton that focused on effective methods for communicating science to the public and policymakers.