2014 Provost Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship


Professor of Biology Dr. Conley K. McMullen is the 2014 Provost Award recipient.  Dr. McMullen was recognized for his scholarship and research mentoring in plant field biology, membership in numerous botanical foundations, societies, and advisory councils, and the publication of a highly regarded guidebook on Galápagos flowering plants.

Dr. McMullen received his B.S. (Biology) from Eastern Mennonite College, his M.S. (Biology) from JMU, and his Ph.D. (Botany) from the University of Maryland at College Park. At JMU, he teaches Organisms (Bio 114) and four upper division plant courses, is director of the herbarium, serves on the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum Advisory Board, and chairs the Arboretum Botanical Committee. His research interests are focused on the eastern U.S. and the Galápagos Islands (floristics, systematics, pollination biology). He has spoken widely and authored numerous scientific papers on these topics, including his book Flowering Plants of the Galápagos. He has served on the Flora Advisory Board for the Flora of Virginia Project, is a member of the Virginia Flora Committee, and for many years has been a group leader at the West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage. He is a Life Member of the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society, and the Virginia Academy of Science. He has served ASB as Secretary, and as a member of the Executive Committee and the Graduate Student Support Award Committee; served SABS as President, and as a member of the Executive Council, Public Interest Committee, Bartholomew Award Committee, Core Student Award Committee, and Planning Committee; and served VAS as Secretary and Vice President. He is also a member of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Botanical Society of America. Additionally, he is an Honorary Research Associate of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a member of the Science Advisory Board of Galápagos Conservancy, an elected Fellow of The Linnean Society of London, and an elected Governing Member of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands. He is a founding member of the Society of Herbarium Curators, a member of the SHC Executive Board, and editor of the Society’s newsletter, The Vasculum.

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Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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