December 12, 2008 | Anna Sher, Adjunct Research & Conservation Researcher

It is with great pride that we share the news with you that a research paper published by our own Jenny Neale was recently selected to receive the "PSB Best Paper Award 2008" from the presitgous Plant Species Biology journal.  Dr. Neale's research was on the population genetics of a rare sunflower. The full citation is 'Conservation of rare species with island-like distributions:' A case study of Lasthenia conjugens (Asteraceae) using population genetic structure and the distribution of rare markers.' Plant Species Biology 23: 97-110 (2008)

Considering the thousands of papers from professionals across the globe, this is a real distinction. The awards ceremony will be held in Japan.  

We are also excited to announce that Dr. Neale will be leading the charge in the establishment of a new of a new Conservation Genetics program at Denver Botanic Gardens. With the support of an endowment named for Gladys Cheesman Evans (for more information about both the Cheesman and Evans families and their roles in establishing Denver click here), Dr. Neale, Research Associate Michelle DePrenger-Levin and others will use the analysis of DNA to help protect plant species.  One of their first projects will be to identify whether a rare native orchid is hiding in a population of more common species near Boulder.

For more information about rare plant research at Denver Botanic Gardens, please visit "Conservation and Research" navigation link at


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