Soltis, Pamela

Pamela
Soltis, PhD
Year Inducted: 
2004
Pamela Soltis
Highlights: 
  • Curator, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
  • Internationally recognized as one of the foremost scholars in the field of Plant Biology
  • Pioneer in understanding of the origin and evolutionary significance of the chromosomal structure of plants
  • Selected as the “Avon Lady” at Duke University for giving special presentations on the challenges women face in academia
  • Served as President of the Society of Systematic Biologists and Secretary of the Botanical Society of America.
  • 2002: Received the Dahlgren Prize in Botany from the Royal Physiographic Society of Sweden, the field’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize
Biography: 

Pamela has been highly successful in a male dominated scientific field, Plant Biology. She takes an active role in promoting women in science through mentoring and presentations for her campus and professional organizations.  She was selected as the “Avon Lady” at Duke University for giving special presentations on the challenges women face in the academic world and the life choices they face with family concerns and child-bearing.  This program is funded by the Avon Corp. to bring highly successful women to their campus, hence the tongue in cheek name.

Pamela is considered a pioneer in her work in the understanding of the origin and evolutionary significance of the chromosomal structure of plants and is recognized internationally as one of the foremost scholars in her field. She has been commended by her colleagues for her role as a mentor to numerous women students, many who choose to continue their work in Botany s a result of her influence. She is a 2002 recipient of the Dahlgren Prize in Botany from the Royal Physiographic Society of Sweden (which is botany’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize.) She is President-Elect of the Society of Systematic Biologists and is past secretary of the Botanical Society of America.


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