J. Travis Columbus has been promoted to professor of botany at the Claremont Graduate University [CGU]. Columbus has been a member of the CGU faculty and, cointerminous with this appointment, is a research scientist at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The CGU Botany Department has long been coordinated and run by RSABG. The program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in evolutionary and systematic botany.
Columbus received his doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an expert on the systematics of chloridoid grasses. He spent this past spring in the field making collections of his study plants in South Africa and Tanzania.