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LSU Graduate Alumnus Honored for Research Presentation

06/11/2012 03:12 PM

BATON ROUGE – Jesús A. Fernández, who graduated fall 2011 with a Ph.D. in biological sciences, recently received the 2012 Wilks Award from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists for his presentation “Comparative Biogeography of the Arid Lands of Central Mexico.”


Fernández’s presentation investigated the relationship between geography and evolutionary history of several species of rodents across the mountains and plateaus of central Mexico.  The research described included extensive field work coupled with intensive laboratory procedures, and resulted in several recommendations involving changes in the biological classification of the animals involved.


The Wilks Award was established in 1964, and is presented to the student giving the best oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Association.


The Southwestern Association of Naturalists is an international association of scientists, educators, and students, founded in 1953 to promote the field study of plants and animals (living and fossil) in the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America.  The award was announced at the annual meeting held in April at Valle de Bravo, Mexico.


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