Commencement 2016: Love of plants motivates Jamestown resident to succeed at URI

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KINGSTON, R.I. – May 4, 2016 – Ivy Burns describes herself as an outdoorsy person who has always been fascinated with the natural world.


“I was that kid who would run around with a microscope looking at leaves, playing with spiders, always interested in the way things worked,” said the University of Rhode Island senior from Jamestown.


As she prepares to graduate on May 22 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, Burns is looking back with fondness for her four years in Kingston.


Her enthusiasm for the natural world became focused primarily on plants during her undergraduate education, but not the plants you might expect. Burns spent two years studying several species of marine plants – seaweed – to learn how they grow and contribute to local algae blooms.