FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 1998
ODNR BOTANIST ALLISON CUSICK RECEIVES 1998 HERBERT
FROM THE OHIO BIOLOGICAL SURVEY
COLUMBUS, OH -- Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) botanist Allison Cusick has been awarded the Herbert Osborn Award from the Ohio Biological Survey, recognizing his significant contributions in the field of Ohio biology. Cusick, a 20-year veteran of ODNR, has served as chief botanist with the department's Division of Natural Areas & Preserves since 1989.
Also honored with the award was the late Raymond F. Jezerinac of The Ohio State University. Named for Dr. Herbert Osborn, who directed the Ohio Biological Survey from its beginning in 1912 until 1954, the award also recognizes individuals who have been well-published in scientific journals and have provided inspiration to others in the field of biology.
"Allison is a well-respected field botanist and author of many scientific papers, as well as an accomplished teacher and naturalist," said Guy Denny, chief of ODNR's Division of Natural Areas & Preserves. "Whether speaking to fellow scientists or to amateur wildflower enthusiasts, Allison's incredible knowledge, passion and exuberance for his work consistently captivate his audience."
Cusick received a bachelor's degree in English from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in botany from Kent State University. As ODNR's chief botanist, he concentrates on the flora of Ohio, distribution and spread of non-indigenous species and the taxonomy of Cyberaceae and pteridophytes.
Cusick and his wife, Carol Shelton, reside in Columbus.
For Further Information Contact:
Guy Denny, Division of Natural Areas & Preserves