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Biography of Michael Woods.

Dr. Michael Woods is Professor of Botany in the Department of Biological

and Environmental Sciences at Troy University. Dr. Woods received his Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University where he worked under the direction of the renowned plant taxonomist, Dr. Robert H. Mohlenbrock.

Dr. Woods maintains an active research program and has had 10 graduate students and numerous undergraduate students conduct research under his direction. Since 1998, he has published 13 peer reviewed manuscripts on the flora of Alabama and taxonomic treatments of various genera (three of these manuscripts are published in JAAS). Additionally, 19 presentations from his lab have been made at scientific meetings during this same eight year period. His research deals primarily with legume taxonomy and floristic studies. He has completed worldwide treatments of the genera Apios and Cochlianthus. Most recently, he completed a taxonomic and distributional study of Desmodium in Alabama. His current research is a study of Lespedeza in Alabama. To support his research and those projects of his students, he has been the primary investigator or co-investigator for 28 grants and contracts in excess of $266,000. He serves as Curator of the Troy University Herbarium (TROY). Since it was reestablished in 1997, the herbarium collection has grown to over 21,000 specimens, with a recent growth rate of 3,000 specimens per year. This makes the Troy Herbarium the fastest growing herbarium in Alabama.

Dr. Woods has provided service in several areas of his professional field. In 2005, he co-chaired the Program Committee for the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists. He was a member of the Interim Executive Board which established The Society of Herbarium Curators (SHC). In addition, he served as the first President (2004-April 2006) for the SHC and is currently a member of the Executive Board. He is a member of the steering committee for the Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC), a multi-year project funded by the National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network that will link herbaria databases throughout the southeastern U.S. He is a member of the Deep South eFlora, a project funded by an NSF Biological Research grant to digitally image 20,000 specimens in the Troy Herbarium over the next two years. He serves on the Executive Council of the Flora of Alabama Committee, which is in the final stages of developing a checklist of the vascular plants of Alabama. Dr. Woods is a reviewer for several journals, and, a member of several scientific societies, including The Alabama Academy of Science, The Association of Southeastern Biologists, The Southern Appalachian Botanical Society, and The Society of Herbarium Curators.

Dr. Woods' teaching has been recognized by various University organizations and he has been listed on several occasions for Who's Who Among American University Professors. In 1992 and 1994, he was a finalist for Troy University's highest teaching award, the Ingalls Award. He was the recipient of the Ingalls Award in 1999. In 2000, he was a candidate for The Carnegie Foundation's U.S. Professor-Of-The-Year. Dr. Woods teaches the undergraduate courses Organismal Biology and Plant Form and Function and the graduate courses Field Botany and Invasive Species.


The Alabama Academy of Science wishes Dr. Woods continuous success in all his future endeavors.
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Publication:Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science
Article Type:Biography
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Date:Apr 1, 2006
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