PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University botany Professor Douglas E. Soltis will discuss his work on plant evolution when he gives the university’s 1998 Distinguished Faculty Address next week.
His public presentation, “Plants, Polyploidy and the Origins of Species,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Todd Hall, Room 276.
Soltis, a faculty member since 1983, is a world leader on plant molecular systematics. He has authored or coauthored more than 150 publications in the past 20 years. His papers appear in the premier journals in systematics and evolutionary biology. In addition, Soltis has coedited two books that cogently organize the current strides being made by the most active investigators in the field.
Soltis has been consistently successful in obtaining funding from the National Science Foundation and other agencies for his research and the research of his students.
The faculty address is sponsored by WSU to honor its outstanding scholars and provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and friends of the university to become acquainted with the broader aspects of its cultural heritage and scientific achievements.
Soltis is the 64th faculty member selected for the honor since it was instituted as the Invited Address in 1958. He receives a cash prize of $2,500.

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