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Photo of Dr. Root Gorelick EPA AAAS Fellow Dr. Root Gorelick Appointed Editor of Cactus and Succulent Society of America's Haseltonia

Dr. Root Gorelick, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Environmental Policy Fellow at EPA, was recently appointed editor of Haseltonia, the yearbook of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA). The CSSA sponsors the publication of the Cactus and Succulent Journal and Haseltonia, named in honor of Scott E. Haselton, the first editor of the JournalHaseltonia includes peer-reviewed articles of interest to both botanists and amateurs.

Gorelick, an evolutionary theorist and botanist, received his Ph.D. in Biology from Arizona State University.  As a AAAS Fellow in the National Center for Environmental Assessment, he has been examining how to quantify biodiversity, especially when data are given on abundance of multiple species in each state or county.  His research has been published in American Journal of Botany, American Naturalist, Genetics, and Journal of Natural History, among others.  As of July 2006, he will become an assistant professor of biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

The CSSA was founded in 1929 by a small group of people in Pasadena, Calif. and has grown to become an international organization with about 100 affiliates.  The CSSA is at the forefront of botanical conservation, with representatives that attend many meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). 

Since 1981, EPA's National Center of Environmental Research has managed the AAAS Science and Engineering Fellows Program, in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The fellowship program is designed to provide an opportunity to learn first-hand how scientific and technological information is used in environmental policy-making; provide a unique public policy learning experience; demonstrate the value of science, technology, and economics in addressing societal problems; and make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in the programs of the U.S. government. Fellows work in offices throughout the EPA on projects of mutual interest to the Fellows and the hosting offices. Applications are accepted by AAAS in the fall of each year. For more information go to the AAAS fellowship site: http://fellowships.aaas.org/environmental/ exit EPA

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