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June 13, 2013

Follow the Fellows: Revisiting Chicago’s Green Roofs with Kelly Ksiazek

by Melissa Harding


The Botany in Action Fellowship program at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens fosters the development of a next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed, first, to excellent research, and second, to educational outreach. Open to PhD students enrolled at US graduate institutions and conducting plant-based scientific field research, the BIA program provides Fellows with funding for use towards field research in the US or abroad and a trip to Phipps, to engage in science outreach training and opportunities to share his or her research to public audiences.

Current BIA Fellows are engaged in research in locales including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, India and Nepal. Their work covers topics ranging from the role of green roofs in urban biodiversity and the influence of heavy metal soil pollution on plants and pollinators to identification of plants used by healers that protect brain cells from the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

June’s featured fellow is Kelly Ksiazek. We are revisiting Kelly again this summer because of the exciting work she is doing! Kelly is a PhD student at Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden where she also earned her master’s degree in Plant Biology and Conservation. Currently, Kelly studies green roofs in Chicago. Green roofs are a unique kind of rooftop in which plants are grown; they can provide wildlife habitat, help hold stormwater, filter pollutants from the air, and decrease the heating and cooling costs of a building. Her research aims to determine which combinations of local plant species can survive on green roofs.

Read an update on Kelly’s research and life as a scientist at the Botany In Action website!

You can follow Kelly and all of the BIA as they study plants across the US and across the world at the Follow the Fellows section of our Botany In Action website.

The following Botany In Action update was written by Amanda Joy, Botany in Action Fellowship coordinator.

The above image was provided by Kelly Ksiazek.


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