The 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient is Dr. Rebecca Dolan

Dr. Rebecca Dolan is the Director of the Friesner Herbarium of Butler University. Rebecca grew up in the suburbs of Detroit always loving to look at plants and liking them even better when she knew their names and understood their biology.  She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a PhD from the University of Georgia, both in Botany.  For 30 years, Dr. Dolan has been the Director of the Friesner Herbarium.  Dr. Dolan was instrumental in securing funding to build a digital collection of the Herbarium’s 45,000 Indiana specimens, resulting in the Indiana Plant Atlas.  She has also done research on plant demography, taxonomy, conservation and restoration ecology in Carolina Bays in South Carolina, serpentine rock outcrops in California, Florida scrub and Midwestern prairies.  Rebecca was a charter member and past-president of the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS). 
Most recently, Dr. Dolan has been exploring urban flora in Indianapolis.  Rebecca is interested in understanding how urban environments filter regional flora and to what extent cities across the globe share spontaneous flora.  She collaborates with colleagues in Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology and through the National Science Foundation sponsored UrBioNet Research Coordination Network.  She is managing Editor for the new journal Urban Naturalist. Rebecca is the author of over 25 scientific articles on restoration ecology, urban botany and genetics of rare plants. 
Dr. Dolan has been a dedicated, hard-working individual for the Academy for over twenty years. Because this is an award honoring service to the Academy, listed below are many of her contributions to the Academy over the years:
  • President-Elect in 1997, President in 1998, and Immediate Past President in 1999
  • Fellow of the Academy since 1999
  • Chair, Plant Systematic and Biodiversity Section, 1994, 2012
  • Editorial Board of the Proceedings, 1998 – present
  • Received 3 Indiana Academy of Science grants
  • Has made 15 presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science and mentored students for presentations
  • Published 5 times in the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science
  • Organizer for the first Indy Urban Bioblitz
One of Rebecca’s most important contributions was as part of an ad-hoc committee that lead the efforts to reorganize the Academy resulting in the establishment of a full-time, permanent position of Executive Director.  Dr. Rebecca Dolan represents the highest dedication to service within the Indiana Academy of Science and we are honored to confer the Distinguished Service Award upon her.
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