ï~~ 2011 THE MICHIGAN BOTANIST 45 THE ROAD TO THE ISLES: REMINISCENCES OF ED VOSS AS DISSERTATION CHAIRMAN Brian T. Hazlett Biology Department Briar Cliff University Sioux City, IA, 51104 At this time twenty-five years ago, I was writing my dissertation. The energy, youthful enthusiasm, and purpose with which I entered The University of Michigan had not abated. Ann Arbor's cultural stimulation and academic environment remained unrivaled. I had served as a teaching assistant under notable faculty. Nonetheless, my utmost reason for pursuing a doctorate at U-M was to study under Edward G. Voss. No doubt, he stands highest among those who shaped my botanical career. As a teacher (Fig. 14), he grounded me in nomenclature, aquatics, and the flora of northern Michigan. As mentor and dissertation chair, he directed my research, shaped my writing, penned letters of recommendation, and served as an early reference on my resume. As a friend, he encouraged me during my early years as a college professor. My passion for field botany and desire to teach at the college level developed while still an undergraduate in western New York State. Midway through that experience, a biology professor recommended (to those considering graduate school) picking a research organism which one would still love after five years of study. I tell my students that finding a dissertation committee chair with whom one can develop and maintain a cordial relationship is considerably more important. My rapport with Ed developed during a summer at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) while still pursuing my Master's at Michigan State University. His invitation to take his Boreal Flora (Fig. 25) course came when he visited East Lansing to speak about upper Great Lakes islands at a Michigan Botanical Club meeting. My research on the Nordhouse Dunes, a then proposed wilderness area, had intensified an interest in regional flora. Moreover, I had concluded that continued graduate study centered on floristics (within Michigan, at least) would most likely only happen under Ed's direction. My motivation to spend the summer at UMBS centered on learning more about him and demonstrating that I was worthy of graduate study under his direction. Ed probably saw it as a prime opportunity to evaluate me. The respective insights into each other's personalities gleaned during that summer provided the foundation for our eventual collaboration on my dissertation research. In addition to taking Boreal Flora, I conducted an independent study of the flora of Round Island, another proposed wilderness area, in the Straits of Mackinac.
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