Awards and Honors
Botany journal dedicates 2004 volume to biologist
The California Botanical Society has honored Jean Langenheim,
professor emerita of ecology and evolutionary biology, by dedicating
to her the latest volume of its journal, Madroño.
This volume includes the four issues of the journal published
in 2004, the most recent of which includes an essay on Langenheim's
contributions to the field by botanist Thomas Hofstra.
"[Langenheim's] enthusiasm for study of plants, including
fossils, has enabled her to pursue a diversity of courses of
research, to exert leadership in emerging fields, such as tropical
and chemical ecology, and to influence the careers of many students,"
He also noted that Langenheim, who came to UCSC in 1966, was
the campus's first female faculty member in the natural sciences
and the first woman to be promoted to full professor on this
campus. Although formally retired since 1993, she has remained
active as a research professor and continues to supervise graduate
Langenheim has been studying plant resins and amber (fossilized
resin) for more than 40 years. In 2003, she published a major
book on the subject, Plant Resins: Chemistry, Evolution,
Ecology, and Ethnobotany (see Currents
story). The book received the 2004 Klinger Book Award from
the Society for Economic Botany.
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