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Fullbright Scholarship awarded to Groton resident

Olivia Faybell Box, daughter of Jeff and Olga Box of Groton, graduate of GDRHS and Hamilton College, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. She will spend an academic year at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy.
     Dr. Gianluca Piovesan has invited Olivia to join his group, the Landscape and Ecological Forest Planning Lab, to participate in a forest assessment project mapping disturbance history and restoration potential of the Appenine forests. She will work in the Lazio and Calabria regions, which include UNESCO world heritage forests, old growth and unprotected landscapes. Additionally, she will contribute to a case study in Abruzzo National Park, surveying local residents about their perspectives on conservation management and ecosystems services. This map and case study will form a comprehensive database for future conservation and forest planning efforts for this unique ecosystem.
     Italy has a strong history of valuing and protecting cultural and ecological resources, making it an ideal place to conduct this work. Additionally, the university conducts cutting edge interdisciplinary research, and their work will contribute to long-term forest management plans for a sustainable future.
     The Fulbright Program, is one of several United States Cultural Exchange Programs whose goal is to improve intercultural relations, diplomacy and competence between people of the U.S. and other countries. Scholarships are given for American citizens to study, conduct research, teach and exercise their talents abroad. The program was founded by US senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 and is considered to be one of the most widely recognized and prestigious scholarships in the world.
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