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Ep. 117 Create@State Features Plant Biodiversity Research on Islands in the Mississippi River

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This is A-State Connections on KASU. I’m Johnathan Reaves. This is the weekly segment called “A-State Connections and Create@State: Making Connections That Count. In this episode, research has been taking place to understand plant biodiversity patterns on islands in the Mississippi River. In the Summer and Fall 2020, six river islands were visited and inventories of the plant species present on the islands were taken. Telling us more is Dr. Travis Marsico. He is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University and he is also Curator of the Arkansas State University Herbarium. Joining him for this interview are master’s students Grace McCartha and Caity Sims. This interview starts with Dr. Marsico. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

That was Dr. Travis Marsico, Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University and he is also Curator of the Arkansas State University Herbarium. Also master’s students Grace McCartha and Caity Sims. Just a quick note on McCartha and Sims, they are both in the Students United in Preserving, Exploring, and Researching Biodiversity Program at Arkansas State. They each have received the Arkansas Native Plant Society Delzie Demaree Research Grant for this year.

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Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.