The Edgar T. Wherry Award
This award is in honor of Dr. Wherry's many contributions to the
floristics and patterns of evolutions of ferns. This award is given for the
best paper presented during the contributed papers session of the Pteridological
Section. The Wherry award distributes $250 each year.
- Dr. Joanne M. Sharpe, Sharplex Services
For her paper; "Hindsight is 20/20: Highlights from a 20-year ecological study of 20 fern species in the Luquillo rainforest of Puerto Rico" and
Dr. Fay-Wei Li, Duke University
For his paper; "Massive horizontal gene transfer of a chimeric photoreceptor within ferns" Co-author: Kathleen M Pryer
- Sally Stevens
, Purdue University, Advisor and co-author Nancy Emery
For her paper; "No Place Like Home? Testing for Local Adaptation and Dispersal Limitation in the Fern Vittaria appalachiana (Vittariaceae)"
- Weston Testo, Colgate University, Advisor and co-author James Watkins
For his paper; "Comparative gametophyte ecology of the American hart's-tongue fern and associated fern taxa: evidence for recent population declines in New York State"
- Monique McHenry,University of Vermont,
Advisor and co-author David S. Barrington
For her paper; "Investigating morphological diversity of Andean Polystichum (Dryopteridaceae): seeking explanations for incongruence between sequence variation and morphological variation"
- Susan Sprunt,
Miami University of Ohio
For her paper; "Of genes, scales and venation: Detecting patterns of variation in the Pleopeltis polypodioides species complex (Polypodiaceae)"
- Mary Stensvold, of USDA Forest Service, Alaska
For her paper; “Genetic
diversity in the Botrychium lunaria (Ophioglossaceae)
complex." Her co-author was Don Farrar;
Melanie Link-Perez of Miami University, for
her paper, “Toward
a Redefinition of Adiantopsis Fée (Pteridaceae).”
Co-authors were Linda Watson and Jim
- Renee A. Lopez-Smith, Southern Illinois University
For her paper; " Sperm
cell architecture and the neck canal in diploid and tetraploid
Ceratopteris cytotypes: does size matter?"
Her co-author was Karen Renzaglia.
2006 - Eric Shuettpelz,
For his paper; " Toward
a comprehensive phylogeny of extant ferns"
2005 - James (Eddie) Watkins,
University of Florida
For his paper “Stress
physiology of fern gametophytes: consequences for distribution and abundance.”
2004 - Harald Schneider,
University of Goettingen
For for his paper “Radiations in Drynarioid
ferns: evolution of humus collectors as a putative morphological key innovation”.
The paper was co-authored with Thomas Janssen.
2003 - Michael Barker,
Miami University, Ohio
For his paper "Microlepidopteran soral
mimics in the Caribbean". The paper was co-authored
by Shane Shaw, James Hickey, and John
2001 - Sabine Hennequin, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
For for her paper "Systematics of the
fern genus Hymenophyllum s.l. (Hymenophyllaceae) inferred from rbcL
and rps4 nucleotide sequences and morphology."
The paper was co-authored by Jean-Yves Dubuisson.
2000 - Patricia Sanchez-Baracaldo,
University of California, Berkeley
For the for her talk entitled, "A recent
radiation of Neotropical fern genera in paramo ecosystems."
Petra Korall, Stockholm University
For her poster entitled "Phylogeny of
Selaginellaceae based on rbcl gene sequences" (co-author
Catherine Cardelus, University of Connecticut
For her poster entitled "Habitat selection
of epiphytic and terrestrial ferns" (co-author James
1997 - James P. Therrien,
Univerisyt of Kansas
For his talk entitled "Evolution and
diversification of the Selaginellaceae."
1991 - David S. Conant
For his presentation co-authored by Diana B. Stein and Angela
E. Valinski entitled "Phylogenetic
implications of chloroplast DNA variation in the Cyatheaceae."
1990 - Judith E. Skog,
George Mason University
For her paper entitled "The relationship
of the fossil fern Schizaeopsis to Schizaea
1989 - Cathy A. Paris,
University of Vermont
For her paper, "Evolutionary genetics
of the Adiantum pedatum complex: Phylogeny and biogeography."
George Yatskievych, Missouri Botanical Garden
For his paper, "A reconsideration of
the genus Pityrogramma in the southwestern United States."