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Updated at 11:28 a.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New director selected for UH Manoa's Lyon Arboretum

News Release

Christopher Dunn, executive director for research programs and a curator of native habitats at the Chicago Botanic Garden, has been selected to serve as the new director of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Lyon Arboretum.

"This is a crucially important position because of Lyon's Arboretum significant role in scientific research and as a botanical gem in our community," Gary K. Ostrander, UH Manoa's vice chancellor for research, said in a news release issued today.

Dunn will assume the post in April.

He holds a bachelor's degree in botany from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; a master's degree in plant ecology from Indiana State University, Terre Haute; and a doctorate in plant ecology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Established in 1918, the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum covers 193.5 acres in upper Manoa Valley. It is home to a diverse collection that includes an introduced forest as well as native Hawaiian species, tropical palms, aroids, ti, taro, heliconia, ginger and other plants. It serves as a place for outreach and scientific research as well a center for educational programs open to both the academic and public communities.