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Personal Bioblitz, 2018
Rutgers citizen-scientists set out on a ‘Bioblitz’: BTN LiveBIG
Rutgers Personal Bioblitz Connects People With Nature, ”Count one, count them all” – anyone with a Rutgers connection can photograph wild species in citizen science project, Rutgers Today


Botany Depot, a free online teaching resource bank for botany
Article in Rutgers Today (university-wide online news; 2018):


Strychnos electrii, first asterid found in neotropical amber (2016), Nature Plants article by Poinar & Struwe

Top Science News story on Google News worldwide within 24 hours of news release, as of June 2016 13,900 hits of Google for ‘strychnos electri’.

Altmetric score from Nature Plants:
99th percentile (ranked 262nd) of 257,386 tracked articles of a similar age in all journals
97th percentile (ranked 1st) of 45 tracked articles of a similar age in Nature Plants

Story picked up worldwide by thousands of media outlets, print, web, radio and TV, selected examples: 9News, ABS News, ARsTechnica, BBC News, Belfast Telegraph, Berlingske, Business Insider, CanIndia, CDA news, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Cosmos Magazine,, Daily Mail, Daily Sabah, Discovery News, Dominican Today, El Mundo,  Eurekalert, Europa Press, Express, Forbes, Fox News, Fox Sports, Futurity, Gizmodo, Global Times, Globalpost, HeritageDaily, Hindustan Times Media, IFL Science, Indian Republic, International Business Times, Inhabitat, Irish Independent, KFGO, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Live Mint, Mother Nature Network, New Scientist, News 1st, Newsweek, Mirror, Motherboard, Philadelphia Inquirer,, Popular Science, Reuters (US, UK, India), R&D Magazine, RIA Russia, Science Alert,, ScienceCodex, Science Recorder, Shanghai Daily, SlashGear, Smithsonian, South China Morning Post, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Sveriges Radio, SVT, Tech Times, The Australian, The Examiner, The Hindu, The Japan Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Time, United Press International, University Herald, Voice of America, Washington Post, WHTC, WIRED, World Science, Xinhua, Yahoo News, ZME Science.

BBC News, Extinct plant species discovered in amber

CNN, Newly named prehistoric plant connected to poison and food

Gizmodo, Ancient Poisonous Flower Preserved In Amber Looks Dangerously Delicious

Newsweek, Extinct, Toxic Flowers Discovered Fossilized in Amber

New Scientist,

Philadelphia Inquirer,, Rutgers sleuth finds new plant species locked in ancient amber

Reuters, Deadly beauty: Amber-entombed flower may have been toxic, New Species of Prehistoric Flower Discovered Preserved in Amber

The New Yorker, An ancient flower trapped in amber

Time magazine, 15 Million-Year-Old Flower Found ‘Perfectly Preserved’ in Amber;

Washington Post, Ancient, unknown species of flower found locked away in amber

Press release, OregonState University

Press release, Rutgers

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Innovation in botanical education (2016)

Featured in article in Native Plant News: Botanists find new ways to inspire students


New names for two Cornus hybrids (2015)

World-famous, but nameless, new species names for 2 garden dogwoods, August, ScienceDaily


Urban weeds (2015)

Extreme weeds of Parking Lots, episode 6, video in the Plants are Cool, Too series made by Chris Martine, Bucknell University, 2015: (featured on web pages and news casts from Rutgers University, also presented at Missouri Botanical Garden’s Plants Appreciation Day, 18 May 2015).


Academic Integrity (2013)

Interviewed and provided evaluation for and information about academic misconduct for Washington Post regarding the book Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall. The book was withdrawn in April 2013 by the publisher (two days before publication) due to lack of factual sources and inappropriate copying of materials. A rewritten version of the book was published in August 2013.
Selected article: “Jane Goodall’s ‘Seeds of Hope’ book contains borrowed passages without attribution”, Washington Post, March 19, 2013,


Botanical Accuracy (2012 onwards)

Articles about the Botanical Accuracy Blog ( run by Lena Struwe (selected media): Annals of Botany, Business Insider, CNet, The Inquirer, Newsday.

Annals of Botany Blog Whither botanical accuracy?

NewsDay, iPhone’s Siri misidentifies poison oak in ad


Spigelia genuflexa (2012 onwards)

This new species was named after its geocarpic features (unique in the family), featured in the following media and countries (selection) during Spring 2012: Argentina: El Intransigente; Australia: The Conversation; Austria: Der Standard; Brazil: Estadao, Gazetaweb; Colombia: La Patria; Ecuador: Ecuador Ciencia, La Hora; France: Futura-Sciences; Germany: Wissenschaft, KölnCampus 100.0; India: The Times of India, Hindustan Times; Italy: Green Report, Galileo, Famiglia Cristiana; Latin America: BBC Mundo; Macedonia: Daily; Mexico: Taringa; Panama: La Estrella; Romania: Descopera, Realitatea; Russia: Infox, RIA; Portugal: Naturlink; Serbia: Blic; United Kingdom: BBC, The Guardian, The Register, Richard Dawkins Foundation; USA:, Botany Photo of the Day, Cunabulum blog, Discover Magazine, Huffington Post, Live Science, MSNBC Web News, New Scientist blog, PBS Nature, Philadelphia Inquirer, The American Gardener, ScienceDaily, Science 2.0 Win, Scientific American, TED Blog, The Nature Conservancy, UPI, Yahoo Answers; Venezuela: El Nacional; Vietnam: Thanh Nien.

Press release

BBC News, New species of genuflecting plant buries its own seeds

The Guardian, New to Nature species 81 by Quentin Wheeler


Symbolanthus featured in Losing Paradise exhibit (2008)

The botanical illustration by renowned artist Bobbi Angell and the story behind the discovery of the new species Jason’s ring gentian (Symbolanthus jasonii) was featured in the traveling art exhibit “Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World”, arranged by The American Society of Botanical Artists and showed at The New York Botanical Garden, The Smithsonian Institution, Chicago Botanic Garden, and Missouri Botanical Garden.