Coley-Kursar Endowment


Tom demonstrating to our assistants in Panama that Tarzan must have swung on hemi-epiphytes, not lianas..


It is my great pleasure to announce the newly established 
Coley-Kursar Endowment in the School of Biological Sciences. 


This endowment celebrates the legacy of ecological research and graduate student training by
the late Dr. Thomas Kursar and Dr. Phyllis Coley.
As you know first-hand, for decades Tom and Lissy have had a profound influence on and commitment to the training of the next generation of ecologists, particularly tropical biologists. The purpose of this endowment is to provide critically needed funding for graduate students while they are conducting field studies. The initial phase of this endowment (with a minimum base of $50,000) will be used to provide students with funds for supplies and travel for ecologically focused studies. Once the endowment grows beyond $250,000, the funds will be dispersed as stipends for students engaged in fieldwork.
Please join me in recognizing Tom and Lissy’s long-standing effort and excellence in training undergraduate and graduate students by becoming founding members of the Coley-Kursar Endowment. This endowment will ensure the success of future graduate students for generations to come. To accelerate achieving the initial phase of the endowment, I have secured one-to-one matching funds for the first $25,000 in donations received before March 15, 2018. Several of Tom and Lissy’s former students have already indicated their desire to contribute towards this effort.
I know I can count on your support! Please click on the link at the top of the page to donate. If you would like more information concerning a pledge or giving options, please contact Cathy Green, our Biology Development Coordinator for Advancement, or call (801) 587-9020.


Denise Dearing
Distinguished Professor and Chair 


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University of Utah
School of Biological Sciences
257 South 1400 East, Room 202
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-0840

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