Stephen L. Timme Excellence in Botany Award
2014 Recipient: Tom Eddy
Tom Eddy • Emporia, KS
Dr. Thomas A. Eddy is a professor at Emporia State University, where he has taught for more than 50 years. Tom is an entomologist and botanist, with research interests in the dynamics of prairie plant populations, prairie insect herbivory, and natural resource conservation. He also serves as the curator of the Emporia State University Herbarium, which specializes in the flora of eastern Kansas and the Flint Hills. Among his recent projects, Tom helped with the floristic inventory of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City, Kansas.
Through his teaching in the classroom, in the field, and during forays, Tom has helped thousands of students and members of the public, including many members of the Kansas Native Plant Society, to understand and appreciate the ecology and biodiversity of Kansas. Besides his academic duties, Tom often is called upon to provide plant and animal identifications and natural history information for teachers, agencies, and the public. Furthermore, Tom also has been a good friend of the Kansas Native Plants Society as a member, by assisting with outings, and as one of our go-to guys when we needed a meeting place for winter board meetings.