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Biologists revive the chestnut

return

tree at former coal mine sites

by Phi l i p B ar n e s

of the

Keith Gilland is working to bring life back to old coal mining sites in Ohio by reintroducing a longlost species, the American chestnut tree. This “redwood of the east� used to cover 25 percent of the forests in the eastern United States. Save for a few survivors, the tree has been extinct from the state since the early 1930s, a victim of blight. :: student prof i l e

land reclamation

keith gilland Hometown

West Chester, Ohio P REVIOUS EDUCATIO N

Miami University

REASON FOR ATTENDING OHIO UNIVERSITY

Continuing to work with Brian McCarthy on chestnut restoration/mine land reclamation DE G REE P URSUED

Doctoral degree in environmental and plant biology fa c u lt y a d v i s o r

Brian McCarthy

F u t u r e pl a n s

Applying for tenure-track jobs at four-year institutions and postdoctoral research positions

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Perspectives 2013 graduate edition  

Ohio University Perspectives magazine graduate student special edition 2013

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