Botanical Society of America Awards 2014
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014
awards provided by the Botanical Society of America. Here we provide
recognition for outstanding efforts and contributions to the science
of botany. We thank you for your support of these programs.
Awards for ESTABLISHED SCIENTISTS:
Awards for EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS:
Awards for STUDENTS:
Given by SECTIONS:
Awards for Established Scientists
The Botanical Society of America's MERIT
The Botanical Society of America Merit Award is the highest honor our Society
bestows. Each year, the Merit Award Committee solicits nominations,
evaluates candidates, and selects those to receive an award. Awardees
are chosen based on their outstanding contributions to the mission
of our scientific Society. The committee identifies recipients who
have demonstrated excellence in basic research, education, public
policy, or who have provided exceptional service to the professional
botanical community, or who may have made contributions to a combination
of these categories. Based on these stringent criteria, the 2014 BSA Merit Award recipients
Dr. Donoghue is a world-renowned botanist and a tireless champion of phylogenetics, evolution, and biodiversity research. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (2005) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008), and most recently was awarded the prestigious Dahlgren Prize in Botany from the Royal Physiographic Society of Sweden (2011). Donoghue has consistently been ahead of his time—an intellectual leader in the development of new theory and approaches in systematics, species concepts, character evolution, historical biogeography, lineage diversification, and phylogenetic nomenclature. His ideas are always provocative; he has consistently rocked the boat, inspired debate, and moved all of us toward more rigorous thought.
His prodigious research career (he has published hundreds of papers) is matched by his inspired, continual service to our community, including many years in the Directorships of the Harvard University Herbaria and the Yale Peabody Museum. He has also trained and mentored dozens of students and post-doctoral associates, many of whom are now leaders themselves. All of his nomination letters make special note of how naturally Michael inspires his colleagues—and the botanical community at large—with his ideas and creativity, his enthusiasm, and his enormous generosity.
Professor James A. (Jim) Doyle is recognized for his many distinguished contributions to paleobotany, particularly palynology, and to the understanding of angiosperm phylogeny. Doyle and his associates demonstrated that, worldwide, the Cretaceous fossil record shows the primary adaptive radiation events of early angiosperm evolution. One of his most valuable insights, derived from both cladistic analysis and stratigraphy, was the observation that angiosperms with tricolpate and tricolpate-derived pollen corresponded to a clade of angiosperms that included the vast majority of living flowering plants. The existence of such a clade, the eudicots, has subsequently been strongly supported by molecular analyses and the concept has made its way into modern botany and biology textbooks. Throughout his career and continuing into retirement, Prof. Doyle has shown himself to be an outstanding and inspiring teacher, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His lectures are meticulously organized, expertly delivered, and focused on principals yet packed with details. His quirky sense of humor emerges and students are left amazed by how much they learned. Prof. Doyle trained nine graduate students over his career, and mentored innumerable other graduate students, postdocs, and faculty colleagues.
Dr. Jeffrey Doyle is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of theoretical and phylogenetic plant molecular systematics and molecular evolution. Over the past several decades he has consistently been at the forefront of the field of molecular plant systematics, contributing not only innovative methods, but also conceptual advances, as well as new empirical findings that have led to an improved understanding of plant diversity. One letter writer notes that Dr. Doyle has “an astonishing…record of insightful and sustained scientific achievement and has an immense impact on the direction of our field.” Dr. Doyle has made major contributions to clarifying evolutionary relationships among the legumes, the evolution of nodulation and also on the significance of polyploidy. Importantly, one letter writer notes that Dr. Doyle’s “commitment to undergraduate education is every bit as impressive as his research and scholarship.” Jeff was not only an effective undergraduate teacher but also held a major administrative position at Cornell, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Biology.
Charles Edwin Bessey Award (BSA in association with the Teaching Section and Education Committee)
Dr. Bruce Kirchoff
The 2014 recipient of the Bessey Award is Professor Bruce K. Kirchoff (University of North Carolina, Greensboro). Dr. Kirchoff has been on the faculty at Greensboro since 1986 where he has distinguished himself as a plant morphologist and botanical educator. He is a former member of the BSA Education Committee and served as chair in 1993-94. His botanical education research on image recognition is a direct outgrowth of his morphological studies.
Dr. Kirchoff is transforming the way that students learn through the creation of active, visual learning programs and mobile applications. He has created, validated, and is in the process of distributing groundbreaking software that helps students more easily master complex subjects. Furthermore, he has collaborated not only with scientists in the U.S., but also Europe and Australia, to adapt his visual learning software to local problems such as helping Australian veterinary students recognize poisonous plants and providing visual identification keys for tropical African woods.
In 2007 he was the BSA Education Booth Competition winner for Image Quiz: A new approach to teaching plant identification through visual learningand his work was showcased in the Education Booth at the Botany & Plant Biology 2007 Joint Congress in Chicago. In 2013 he was the inaugural recipient of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize and this year he was recognized with the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors award for Excellence in Teaching.
Henry Alan Gleason Award
TheThe New York Botanical Garden after a hiatus, due to many years of administrative neglect, is reinstating the annual Henry Alan Gleason Award for the best book the preceding year in Plant Taxonomy and Ecology. This year the award goes to:
Dr. Jean Faubert, of the Société québécoise de bryologie for the three volume work, Flore des Bryophytes du Québec-Labrador, the final volume of which was published this year.
Awards for EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS:
BSA Emerging Leaders Award
Dr. Stacey Smith
Dr. Stacey Smith has received the very first BSA Emerging Leader Award.
Dr. Smth is an accomplished researcher with a true commitment to education and outreach and a willingness to step into leadership roles. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Smith did her undergraduate work at Virginia Tech, earned a Master’s on a Marshall Fellowship at the Universities of Reading and Birmingham, and then obtained a PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin in 2008. After doing a post-doc at Duke University, and spending 3 years on the faculty at the University of Nebraska, she took her current position in 2013. Over that time Stacey has proven herself to be a prolific researcher, with more than 25 publications, including co-authorship of the book, Tree thinking: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology.
Stacey is best known for her work on Iochrominae (Solanaceae), a clade that she has turned into a spectacular model system for bridging ecological studies of pollination biology with genetic studies of the biochemical and genetic basis of floral diversity. In addition, she has collaborated on diverse evolutionary studies and has made important contributions in phylogenetic theory. However, as noted by her nominator, “Stacey is not just a great researcher, but also a committed educator.” She has been active in traditional university courses, diverse outreach activities especially in a K-12 setting, and as a resource instructor for the OTS Tropical Plant Systematics course. She has also played an important role in identifying the challenge of teaching tree thinking and in providing resources to help teachers overcome those challenges. Finally, it has been noted that Stacey is “a generous and supportive person who leads by example and draws along many other junior (and senior) colleagues in her wake.” Given all these contributions to Botany, Dr. Stacey Smith is a very fitting recipient of the inaugural BSA Emerging Leader Award.
BSA Public Policy Award
The Public Policy Award was established in 2012 to support the development of of tomorrow's leaders and a better understanding of this critical area. The 2014 recipients are:
Megan Philpott, University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Steven Callen, Saint Louis University
Awards for STUDENTS:
The BSA Graduate Student Research
Award including the J. S. Karling Award
The BSA Graduate Student Research Awards support graduate student research
and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendations.
Withing the award group is the Karling Graduate Student Research Award. This
award was instituted by the Society in 1997 with funds derived through a generous
gift from the estate of the eminent mycologist, John Sidney Karling (1897-1994),
and supports and promotes graduate student research in the botanical sciences.
The 2014 award recipients are:
J. S. Karling Graduate Student Research
Catherine Rushworth, Duke University - Advisor, Dr. Thomas Mitchell-Olds, INSIGHTS INTO THE ORIGIN AND PERSISTENCE OF APOMIXIS IN THE BOECHERA HOLBOELLII SPECIES COMPLEX
BSA Graduate Student Research Awards
Jason Berg, University of Maryland - Advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Zimmer, A molecular assessment of the potentially invasive plant species, Mimulus guttatus DC: Estimating genetic divergence, migration rates, and selfing rates for naturalized and invasive populations in North America and Europe
Andrew A. Crowl, University of Florida and the Folrida Museum of Natural History - Advisor, Dr. Nico Cellinese, Integrating Morphology, Cytology, Niche Modeling, and Phylogenetics to Understand the Evolutionary History of Endemic Campanula Species in the Mediterranean
Jessamine Finch, Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden - Advisor, Dr. Kayri Havens-Young, The Effects of Climate Change on Plant Regeneration: Linking Neighborhood Size, Tolerance Range, and Species Responses
Elliot Gardner, Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden - Advisor, Dr. Nyree Zerega, POLLINATION BIOLOGY OF DOMESTICATED ARTOCARPUS J.R. FORST. & G. FORST. (MORACEAE)
Alannie-Grace Grant, University of Pittsburgh - Advisor, Dr. Susan Kalisz, Testing the preemptive selfing hypothesis— Does self-pollination limit hybridization in co-flowering related species?
Kimberly Hansen, Northern Arizona University - Advisor, Dr. Tina J Ayers, Reconstructing the Evolutionary History of Campanulaceae with NextGen Sequencing
Carla J. Harper, University of Kansas - Advisor, Dr. Thomas N. Taylor, Fungal diversity during the Permian and Triassic of Antarctica
Karolina Heyduk, University of Georgia - Advisor, Dr. Jim Leebens-Mack, Physiology and evolutionary genomics of CAM photosynthesis in Yucca (Asparagaceae)
Brian Hoven, Miami University - Advisor, Dr. David L. Gorchov, The effect of emerald ash borer-caused canopy gaps on understory invasive shrubs and forest regeneration
Kelly Ksiazek, Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden - Advisor, Dr. Krissa Skogen, POLLEN MOVEMENT ON URBAN GREEN ROOFS
Emily Lewis, Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden - Advisor, Dr. Krissa Skogen, Using pollinator foraging distance to predict genetic differentiation in hawkmoth- and bee-pollinated Oenothera species
Shih-Hui Liu, Saint Louis University and the Missouri Botanical Garden - Advisor, Dr. Jan Barber, Phylogeny of Ludwigia and polyploid evolution in section Macrocarpon (Onagraceae)
Blaine Marchant, University of Florida and the Folrida Museum of Natural History - Advisor, Drs. Douglas and Pamela Soltis, Investigations into the Fern Genome: Filling the Missing Link in Land Plant Genome Evolution
Renee Petipas, Cornell University - Advisor, Dr. Monica Geber, The Contribution of Root-Associated Microbes to Plant Local Adaptation
Clayton Visger, University of Florida and the Folrida Museum of Natural History - Advisor, Drs. Douglas and Pamela Soltis, Genomic consequences of autopolyploidy: Gene expression in diploid and autopolyploid Tolmiea (Saxifragaceae)
Emily Warschefsky, Florida International University and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Advisor, Dr. Eric J. B. von Wettberg, Next-Generation Domestication Genetics of the Mango (M. indica L.)
Keir Wefferling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Advisor, Dr. Sara Hoot, Speciation and hybridization in Caltha leptosepala s.l. (Ranunculaceae): Disentangling the subalpine marsh-marigold species complex
Kevin Weitemier, Oregon State University - Advisor, Dr. Aaron Liston, Genome-enabled phylogeography of a Great Basin milkweed, Asclepias cryptoceras
Brett Younginger, Portland State University - Advisor, Dr. Daniel Ballhorn, The diversity and functional role of foliar endophytes in stress-tolerant plants
Vernon I. Cheadle Student Travel
Awards (BSA in association with the Developmental and Structural
This award was named in honor of the memory and work of Dr. Vernon I. Cheadle.
Carla Harper, University of Kansas - Advisor, Dr. Thomas N. Taylor - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Foliar fossil fungi: Leaf–fungal interactions from the Permian and Triassic of Antarctica" Co-authors: Thomas N Taylor, Michael Krings and Edith L. Taylor
Rebecca Koll, University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History - Advisor, Dr. Steven Manchester - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Taxonomic Relationships of Early and Middle Permian Gigantopterid Seed Plants in Western Pangea" Co-author: Steven Manchester
Meghan McKeown, University of Vermont - Advisor, Dr. Jill Preston - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "The Evolution of Vernalization Responsiveness in Temperate Pooideae" Co-author: Jill Preston
Triarch "Botanical Images" Student
This award provides acknowledgement and travel support to BSA
meetings for outstanding student work coupling digital images
(botanical) with scientific explanations/descriptions designed
for the general public.
Daniel McNair, University of Southern Mississippi
- 1st Place, Graceful aging , $500 Botany 2014 Student Travel Award
Daniel McNair, University of Southern Mississippi - 2nd
Place, Last of the longleaf
Abby Glauser, University of Kansas - 3rd
Place, Resilience, $250 Botany 2014 Student Travel Award
Carla Harper, University of Kansas - 3rd
Place, 260 million year old (Permian) mycorrhizal fungi from Antarctica, $250 Botany 2014 Student Travel Award
The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards
The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards support undergarduate
student research and are made on the basis of research proposals
and letters of recommendation. The 2014 award recipients are:
Meredith R. Breeden, Fort Lewis College - Advisor, Dr. Ross A. McCauley, Pollination biology of the narrow endemic Ipomopsis ramosa, in Roaring Fork Canyon, CO
Alice Butler, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Chris Martine and Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Floral Development in Solanum sejunctum and Solanum asymmetriphyllum
Matthew Galliart, Kansas State University - Advisor, Dr. Loretta Johnson, Long-term field selection of big bluestem ecotypes in reciprocal gardens planted across the Great Plains precipitation gradient
Ian Gilman, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Chris Martine and Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Field botany and population genetics of Draba L. (Brassicaceae) in the Rocky Mountains
Morgan Roche, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Chris Martine and Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Genetic Diversity Within and Among Species of Dioecious Australian Solanum
Dylan D. Sedmak, Ohio State University - Advisor, Dr. John Freudenstein, Fungal Variability and Habitat Correspondence in the North American Orchid Cypripedium acaule Ait.
Kayla Ventura, University of Florida - Advisor, Dr. Pamela Soltis, Identifying the Cellular Component of Flower Size Differences in Gilia (Polemoniaceae) Associated with Changes in Pollinators
Developmental & Structural Section Student Travel Awards
Italo Antonio Cotta Coutinho, Universidade Federal de Vicosa - Advisor, Renata Maria Strozi Alves Meira - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Diversity of secretory structures in Urena lobata L.: ontogenesis, anatomy and biology of the secretion" Co-authors: Sara Akemi Ponce Otuki, Valéria Ferreira Fernandes, Renata Maria Strozi Alves Meira
Roux Florian, INRA - Advisor, Jana Dlouhá - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Flexible juveniles or why trees produce ‘low quality’ wood?" Co-authors: Jana Dlouhá, Tancrède Almeras, Meriem Fournier
Rebecca Povilus, Harvard University - Advisor, William Friedman - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Pre-fertilization reproductive development and floral biology in the remarkable water lily, Nymphaea thermarum" Co-authors: Juan M Losada, William E Friedman
Beck Powers, University of Vermont - Advisor, Jill Preston - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Evolution of asterid HANABA TARANU-like genes and their role in petal fusion" Co-author: Jill Preston
Ecology Section Student Travel Awards
Rachel Germain, University Of Toronto - Advisor, Dr. Benjamin Gilbert - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Hidden responses to environmental variation: maternal effects reveal species niche dimensions" Co-author: Benjamin Gilbert
Jessica Peebles Spencer, Miami University - Advisor, Dr. David L. Gorchov - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Effects of the Invasive Shrub, Lonicera maackii, and a Generalist Herbivore, White-tailed Deer, on Forest Floor Plant Community Composition" Co-author: David L. Gorchov
Economic Botany Section Student Travel Awards
Lauren J. Frazee, Rutgers University - Advisor, Lena Struwe - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Urban Environmental Education and Outreach using Edible, Wild, and Weedy Plants" Co-authors: Sara Morris-Marano and Lena Struwe
Jacob Wasburn, University of Missouri - Advisor, J. Chris Pires - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Photosynthetic evolution in the grass tribe Paniceae" Co-authors: James Schnable, Gavin Conant and J. Chris Pires
Genetics Section Student Research Awards
Genetics Section Student Research Awards provide $500 for research funding and an additional $500 for attendance at a future BSA meeting.
Kevin Weitemier, Oregon State University - Graduate Student Award - Advisors: Dr. Aaron Liston, for the proposal titled "Genome-enabled phylogeography of a Great Basin milkweed,
Kimberly Hansen, Northern Arizona University - Masters Student Award - Advisor: Dr.Tina Ayers, for the proposal titled "Reconstructing the Evolutionary History of Campanulaceae with NextGen Sequencing"
Pteridological Section & American Fern Society Student Travel Awards
Alyssa Cochran, University of North Carolina, Wilmington - Advisor, Dr. Eric Schuettpelz - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Tryonia, a new taenitidoid fern genus segregated from Jamesonia and Eriosorus (Pteridaceae)" Co-authors: Jefferson Prado and Eric Schuettpelz
Jordan Metzgar , University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Advisor, Dr. Stefanie Ickert-Bond - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "From eastern Asia to North America: historical biogeography of the parsley ferns (Cryptogramma)" Co-author: Stefanie Ickert-Bond
Jerald Pinson, University of North Carolina, Wilmington - Advisor, Dr. Eric Schuettpelz - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Origin of Vittaria appalachiana, the "Appalachian gametophyte"" Co-author: Eric Schuettpelz
Sally Stevens, Purdue University - Advisor, Dr. Nancy C. Emery - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Home is Where the Heat Is? Temperature and Humidity Responses in a Fern Gametophytex" Co-author: Nancy C. Emery
Southeastern Section - Association
of Southeastern Biologists, Poster/Paper Awards
Best Paper Award $300 - Titian Ghandforoush, Wake Forest University - for the ASB 2014 presentation:
"Phylogenetic reconstruction of relationships I the paleotropical Vaccinieae (Ericaceae) based on DNA sequence data" Co-author Kathleen Kron
Best Poster Award $300 - Kristin Emery, University of North Carolina at Asheville - for the ASB 2014 poster:
"Effects of open pollination, selfing, inbreeding and outbreeding treatments on seed set and viability in Spiraea virginiana, an endangered rose" Co-authors Jennifer Rhode Ward and H. David Clarke
The BSA Young Botanist Awards
The purpose of these awards are to offer individual recognition
to outstanding graduating seniors in the plant sciences and to
encourage their participation in the Botanical Society of America.
The 2014 "Certificate of Special Achievement"
award recipients are:
Theresa Barosh, Willamette University, Advisor: Dr. Susan Kephart
Allison Bronson, Humbolt State University, Advisor: Dr. Alexandru M. Tomescu
Jamie Burnett, Humbolt State University, Advisor: Dr. Alexandru M. Tomescu
Katherine Chapel, Miami University, Advisor: Dr. Michael A. Vincent
Nels Christensen, Connecticut College, Advisor: Dr. T. Page Owen, Jr.
Gemma Dugan, Bucknell University, Advisor: Dr. Chris Martine
Vince Fasanello, Bucknell University, Advisor: Drs. Warren Abrahamson and Chris Martine
Leila Fletcher, Barnard College, Columbia University, Advisor: Dr. Hilary Callahan
Anna Freundlich, Bucknell University, Advisor: Dr. Chris Martine
Maria Friedman, Humbolt State University, Advisor: Dr. Alexandru M. Tomescu
Blake Geraci, University of Florida, Advisor: Dr. Pamela S. Soltis
Grace Glynn, Connecticut College, Advisor: Dr. T. Page Owen, Jr.
Cody Groen, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Advisor: Dr. Stephen G. Saupe, Ph.D.
Anna Herzberger, Eastern Illinois University, Advisor: Dr. Scott J. Meiners, Ph.D
Julia Hull, Weber State University, Advisor: Dr. Ron Deckert Ph.D.
Emily Keil, Ohio University, Advisor: Dr. Sarah E. Wyatt
Michael LeDuc, Connecticut College, Advisor: Dr. T. Page Owen, Jr.
Jessica Mikenas, Oberlin College, Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Moore
Luis Mourino, University of Florida, Advisor: Dr. Pamela S. Soltis
Taylor J. Nelson, Weber State University, Advisor: Dr. Sue Harley
Chelsea Obrebski, Miami University, Advisor: Dr. Michael A. Vincent
Rhys Ormond, Willamette University, Advisor: Dr. Susan Kephart
Kelsey Phipps, Eastern Illinois University, Advisor: Dr. Scott J. Meiners, Ph.D
Molly Sutton, Weber State University, Advisor: Dr. Barb Wachocki
Amanda Thornton, Campbell University, Advisor: Dr. Chris Havran
Drew Walters, Fort Lewis College, Advisor: Dr. Ross A McCauley, Ph.D.
The BSA PLANTs Grant Recipients
The PLANTS (Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists):
Increasing the diversity of plant scientists) program recognizes
outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds and provides travel
grants and mentoring for these students.
Marilyn Creer, Alabama A&M University, Advisor: Dr. Tatiana Kukhtareva
Gemma Dugan, Bucknell University, Advisor: : Dr. Chris Martine
Shawna Faulkner, Humboldt University, Advisor: : Dr. Alexandru Tomescu
Michelle Garcia, University of Texas-El Paso, Advisor: : Dr. Michael Moody
Aidee Guzman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Advisor: Dr. Eve Emshwiller
Timothy Hieger, University of Kansas, Advisor: Dr. Thomas N. Taylor
Shayla Hobbs, University of Illinois, Advisor: Dr. Tina M. Knox
Michelle Jackson, Smith College, Advisor: Dr. Jesse Bellemare
Claudia Christine Marin, University of Califormia Riverside, Advisor: Dr. Milton McGiffen
Sean Pena, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Koptur
David Pozo Garces, Central Michigan State University, Advisor: Dr. Anna Monfils
Yisu Santamarina, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Bradley Bennett
Samuel Torpey, University of Idaho, Advisor: Dr. David Tank