Biology Professor Wins Top Prize for Biodiversity Study

Marlis Douglas
Photo by Russell Cothren, University Relations

Marlis Douglas

Marlis Douglas, a biology professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the holder of the Brubaker Professorship of Life Sciences, recently received a first-place award from Integrated DNA Technologies Inc.

Douglas won the award for research she led on a new genomic method to accurately assess biodiversity in endangered fish. The award carries a $25,000 prize.

IDT develops, manufactures and markets nucleic acid products for the life sciences industry. The company recently announced the winners of its third annual IDT Sustainability Award.

"We are proud to recognize and reward innovation in biodiversity research through the IDT Sustainability Award program," said IDT's chief sustainability officer, Elizabeth Walder. "The winners' research in this historically underfunded area could impact some of the biggest sustainability challenges of our time."

Award winners will present their work at a special event hosted by IDT this summer at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Contacts

Marlis R. Douglas, professor
Department of Biological Sciences
479-575-4176, mrd1@uark.edu

Bob Whitby, feature writer
University Relations
479-575-4737, whitby@uark.edu

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