February 10, 2012

Professor Chris Martine has been named the David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics and Research


By Andy Hirsch

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Chris Martine has been named the next David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics and Research at Bucknell University. He will join Bucknell in July as a professor in the Department of Biology.

For the past six years, Martine has been a professor of botany at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh. During his time there he helped create the first student chapter of the Botanical Society of America and established the only Botany Minor available among the 18 four-year SUNY schools. In 2011, Martine was presented with a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, one year after being selected for the Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award by the Botanical Society of America, or BSA.

Martine received his bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University in 1996. He received his master's degree in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers in 2001 while working as a science educator for the New Jersey Forest Service and the Mercer County (N.J.) Soil Conservation District. In 2006, Martine earned his doctorate in Botany from the University of Connecticut. While a student at UConn, Martine won graduate student research awards from the BSA and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. The latter society also selected him for the George R. Cooley Award in 2005.

Martine is author or co-author of two books, a dozen peer-reviewed publications, and more than 50 conference abstracts. He serves on the New York Flora Association Board of Directors, the Plant Science Bulletin Editorial Board, and the BSA Education Committee.

Martine is extensively involved with community outreach and has developed a set of YouTube videos which teach the public botanical principles in fun ways — including the first episode of the new series, "Plants Are Cool, Too!"

The David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics
The David Burpee Chair was established in 1983 through the generosity of David Burpee, a Bucknell trustee for more than 40 years. The Chair has been held by Professor Warren Abrahamson since its inception.

Abrahamson will retire in June after an outstanding career that began at Bucknell in 1973. His teaching has been recognized with two awards from Bucknell University.  His service to conservation was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Merrill Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy and a William Dutcher Award for Outstanding Service to the Audubon Cause at the Regional Level (Mid-Atlantic Region).

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