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Drake Professor Keith Summerville receives research grants

April 19, 2013

Keith Summerville, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of environmental science, recently received two research grants—one from Polk County Conservation, and the other from Purdue University and the Hardwood Ecosystems Experience (HEE) Project.

Summerville was awarded a grant from Polk County Conservation in the amount of $9,868 to study the Sand Hill Reptile Habitat at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. The grant will be used in part to fund an undergraduate's salary, travel, and supplies for this research.

Additionally, Summerville received a grant of $7,500 from Purdue University and the HEE Project to coordinate sampling of forest Lepidoptera within the Morgan-Monroe State Forest tract. His grant funds cover the costs of equipment, supplies, travel, and student labor for sampling and identification of forest Lepidoptera during the summer. This project alone has received more than $30,000 in grant funds overall.