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Auburn-led research team awarded $3 million grant to study biological diversity

AUBURN – A team led by Auburn University researchers Ken Halanych and Scott Santos was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation through the Assembling the Tree of Life program. The grant is for $3 million, with Auburn’s portion totaling $1.4 million.

Assembling the Tree of Life is an NSF initiative that seeks to improve understanding of the diversity of life on the planet and how the Earth’s more than 1.7 million species are related. Halanych and Santos are studying annelids, or segmented worms, one of the most abundant organisms on the planet.

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