MISSOULA – University of Montana senior Kim Ledger, a biology major with an emphasis in ecology, won the student poster competition award in the category of Environmental Science, Sustainability and Green Technology at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in New Orleans Nov. 6-10.
Ledger, a 2010 Big Sky High School graduate, is now a Goldwater Scholar and a Davidson Honors College student. She was recognized for her research poster, “Impacts of a global invader, Solidago canadensis, at home and away.” She plans to pursue a doctorate in ecology and continue her research in community ecology and species interactions.
Ledger also received a Davidson Honors College Student-Faculty Research Award in summer 2013. This award provided $4,000 for a summer research project split evenly between the student and her faculty mentor, UM biology Professor Ragan Callaway. The award enabled Ledger to spend several weeks in Hungary and in remote parts of Montana to carry out fieldwork on the invasive plant species Solidago canadensis, commonly known as goldenrod.
Photo: UM student Kim Ledger presents her award-winning research poster at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in New Orleans Nov. 6-10.