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Taylor Environmental Science Professor Paul Rothrock Honored by Indiana Academy of Science

Published: Apr 29, 2014

Dr. Paul Rothrock

Taylor University Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Dr. Paul E. Rothrock has received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Indiana Academy of Science. The award was presented to Rothrock during the Academy’s recent statewide meeting.

Rothrock is Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science and the Master of Environmental Science program. He has served on the Taylor faculty for the past 33 years and plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year.

Rothrock is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University, and received his master’s and doctorate degrees from Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Botany with emphasis in Plant Ecology and Plant Taxonomy. According to the Academy citation, Rothrock has been recognized as one of North America’s, and especially Indiana’s, most prominent plant taxonomists and botanists with his research contributions spanning more than three decades. He has published nearly 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including five book chapters and one book. He also has published a number of newspaper features, book reviews and other Science and Society communications including several with the Field Museum of Chicago.

He has described three new Midwestern species and brought species status to three others, as well as leading the development of the Floristic Quality Assessment protocol for Indiana. He has pursued numerous research projects that involve undergraduate and graduate students.

Rothrock was elected Indiana Academy of Science Fellow in 1992 and has also served on several Academy committees. He has been the Vice-chair and Chair of Plant Systematics and Biodiversity Section and served as Academy President in 2009.