Photograph courtesy John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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C. Kevin Boyce is a paleobotanist—and a recipient of the 2013 MacArthur "genius grant."

Photograph courtesy John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

MacArthur Genius: "Plants Have Souls"

Fossilized plants can say a lot about climate change.

Image of the 125 Anniversary logo "This year's class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity," said Cecilia Conrad, vice president of the MacArthur Fellows program, in a press release announcing the 2013 recipients on Wednesday. "Their stories should inspire."