The Weed Science Society of America held its 15th annual meeting on Maui last week, in conjunction with the Western Society of Weed Science, and several University of Hawaii researchers were among more than two dozen individuals recognized for making significant contributions to weed science

The Weed Science Society of America is a nonprofit scientific society that was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment.

“This year’s honorees are making significant contributions to weed science through their research, teaching, publishing and outreach,” says Bill Curran, annual meeting program chair and incoming president of WSSA.

In the category of “Outstanding Paper: Invasive Plant Science and Management,” the WSSA chose “Interpreting life-history traits of miconia (Miconia calvescens) through management over space and time in the East Maui Watershed.” Its authors were:

  • James Leary, Ph.D., University of Hawaii
  • Brooke Mahnken, Maui Invasive Species Committee
  • Christopher Wada, Ph.D., University of Hawaii
  • Kimberly Burnett, Ph.D., University of Hawaii

About the Weed Science Society of America

The Weed Science Society of America promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit http://www.wssa.net.

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