ASU Biology Prof Receives State Conservation Award
Dr. Bonnie Amos, professor of biology at Angelo State University and curator of the Herbarium in the ASU Natural History Collections, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Texas Plant Conservation Award by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
The award is presented for outstanding contributions in Texas plant conservation. In the LBJ Center’s notification letter to Amos, Flo Oxley, director of education and conservation, said “Your peers overwhelmingly supported your nomination, citing your excellence in the classroom, outstanding reputation for sound scientific research, passion and commitment to plant conservation, and mentoring of students as attributes that make you the obvious choice for this award.”
As curator of the Herbarium, Amos oversees more than 60,000 plant specimens from Texas, the U.S. and around the world. She also built and maintains an electronic database for the Herbarium. Her research includes numerous studies and surveys of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert and Chisos Mountains regions of Big Bend National Park, much of it accompanied by ASU students. She has also conducted research on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Texas National Guard.
Amos has been a member of the ASU biology faculty since 1987. The Texas Plant Conservation Award is just the latest in her long list of honors, which includes the 2008 ASU Teaching Excellence Award, a 2009 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the ASU Alumni Association and a 2009 Piper Distinguished Professor designation by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
Amos holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ASU and her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. She was head of the ASU Biology Department from 1987-2000.