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Robbie Juel Presents Research Poster at Regional Conference

Robbie Juel

Joining hundreds of biologists from across the Southeast, Robbie Juel presented his undergraduate research poster at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists.  More 370 posters and 160 oral presentations were presented during the four-day meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, which ran from 29 March to 1 April 2017.  Robbie’s poster was entitled, “Defining plant communities and the vascular flora of Sampson’s Landing, Robeson County, North Carolina.” 

Sampson’s Landing is a protected area on the Lumber River in Pembroke.  During the past year, Robbie has spent countless hours identifying plant specimens collected from Sampson’s Landing in 2011.  Last summer, he used GPS coordinates and reconnaissance to delineate the plant communities of the 16.5-hectare (41-acre) site.  He generated summary statistics and graphics based on natural history characteristics of plants collected from the site during 2010 and 2011.

Robbie Juel

Robbie presented aspects of his research at the 2016 annual PURC (Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity) symposium, the 2016 annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science, and the 2016 SNCURCS (State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium).  As curator of the UNC Pembroke Herbarium, he identifies plant unknowns, updates an Excel database, pastes dried specimens, and files vouchers.  Robbie is the recipient of the Biology Department’s 2016 Robert Britt Award, which carries a cash award and is given to students who demonstrate exceptional interest in the plant sciences.  A second-degree student and a veteran of the army, Robbie is planning to pursue graduate studies in plant systematics. 

Robbie Juel in conference hotel lobblyTop two photos: Robbie Juel in conference exhibit hall in Montgomery, Alabama.  Bottom photo: Robbie Juel in lobby of conference hotel.