Michael Cichan Paleobotanical Research Grant

DR. MICHAEL CICHAN is remembered as a distinguished scientist, a gentle person and a gentleman. He was a private person whose life and ambition centered around his family. He cared about people and their feelings. A man embarrassed or uneasy when he received an honor for which his friends and colleagues were also potential recipients. Presented by the Paleobotanical section, this award was named in honor of the memory and work of Michael A Cichan, who died in a plane crash in August of 1987. The Award is to provide funds for those who have completed a PhD and are currently in a post-doctoral position or non-tenure track position. Applications can be sent to the Paleobotanical Section Secretary, found hereApplication deadline has been EXTENDED to March 20, 2024, and can be found by clicking here.

Facundo De Benedetti – Argentina


Ana Andruchow-Colombo, University of Kansas, For the Paper: Placing the Voltziales: A study of the origin and evolution of modern conifers.

Michael D'Antonio, Field Museum, For the Paper: Reconstruction and systematics of conflictive late Paleozoic plants using tomography and microphotography on Mazon Creek nodules and coal balls.


Nareerat Boonchai, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, for the paper titled: "Insights into the Wyoming’s Blue Forest: Filling a knowledge gap in diversity of Eocene woody vegetation, paleoenvironment, and paleoclimate."

Andres Elgorriaga, University of Kansas, for the paper titled: "Reconstructing ginkgoalean macroevolutionary patterns through time within a phylogenetic context."

2014-2021 - No Michael Cichan Awards were awarded between 2014-2021

2013 -Anne-Laure Decombeix, French National Center for Scientific Resaerch at UMR AMAP Montpellier, for the paper titled: "The origins and early evolution of the megaphylous leaf," International Journal of Plant Sciences 171"641-661

2012 -Dr. Jean Galtier, Botanique et Bioinformatique de l'Archiectures des Plantes (AMAP)
For the paper: “The origins and early evolution of the megaphylous leaf.” International Journal of Plant Sciences 171"641-661

2008 - Dr. Maria A. Gandolfo, Cornell University
For her paper: “Fossil Nelumbonaceae from the La Colonia Formation (Campanian-Maastrichtian, Upper Cretaceous), Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina.” Co-author on the paper is N. R. Cuneo.

2005 - Ruth A. Stockey, University of Alberta
For her paper: “Diversity among taxodioid conifers Metasequoia foxii sp. nov. from the Paleocene of Central Alberta, Canada” with co-authors G.W. Rothwell and A.B. Falder.

2002 - Gar Rothwell
For his paper with co-author G. Mapes: “Barthelia furcata gen. et sp. nov., with a review of Paleozoic coniferophytes and a discussion of coniferophyte systematics

1999 - Karen A. Renzaglia, Southern Illinois University
For her paper co-authored with Douglas L. Bernhard and David J. Garbary entitled, "Developmental ultrastructure of the male gamete of Selaginella."

1997 - Brigitte Meyer-Berthaud
For her paper entitled, "A reinvestigation of Stenolyelon from the Late Tournasian of Scotland."

1996 - Jack B. Fisher, Fairchild Tropical Garden and Frank W. Ewers, Michigan State University
For their work with the anatomy of lianas, and the paper "Vessel dimensions in liana and tree species of Gnetum (Gnetales)."

1995 - Steven R. Manchester, University of Florida
For his paper entitled "Fruits and Seeds of the Middle Eocene Nut Beds Flora, Clamo Formation, Oregon."

1993 - Karl J. Niklas, University of Illinois
For his paper entitled, "Plant Biomechanics."

1992 - Elisabeth A. Wheeler, Harvard University
For her paper entitled, "Paleocene dicotyledonous trees from Big Bend National Park, Texas."

1991 - Paul Kenrick
For his paper with Peter Crane and Winfried Remy entitled "The structure of water-conducting cells in the enigmatic early land plants Stockmansella langi, Huvenia kleui, and Sciadophyton" published in ARGUMENTA PALEOBOTANICA vol. 8.

1990 - Joanne M. Dannenhoffer, Central Michigan University
For her paper entitled "Rellimia thomsonii from the Givetian of New York: secondary growth in three orders of branching," American Jouranl of Botany, Vol. 76.