Grove’ receives inaugural Hodosh Fellowship

Venessa Grove’, a Master’s student in Dr. John Zhang’s laboratory, was awarded the inaugural Ellen Keough Hodosh, PhD, Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship was established in 2016 in the University of Maine Foundation for the benefit of the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, with a gift from Ralph J. Hodosh in loving memory of his wife, Ellen Keough Hodosh. Ralph and Ellen were first generation college students, met at the University of Maine and earned their doctorates in Zoology in 1978. The primary mission of this Fellowship is to foster collaboration between graduate students in School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine and scientists in Israel.

Venessa will use her award to spend the summer of 2018 at Gilat Research Center and the Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Israel, studying stomatal regulation  in plants as related to carbon dynamics and stem/leaf water potential and conductance. She will be hosted by Dr. Or Sperling, who will also serve as co-advisor for her thesis. Results of her research will facilitate the development of agricultural management techniques for improving crop productivity and water use efficiency. Such techniques are likely to benefit Maine wild blueberry industry.