2016 Award Recipients

Botanical Society of America Awards 2016

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 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:

  Given by SECTIONS:
 

Awards for EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS:

  Given by SECTIONS:
 

Awards for STUDENTS:

  Given by SECTIONS:
 
   
   

 

Awards for ESTABLISHED SCIENTISTS

Distinguished Fellow of the Botanical Society of America

The "Distinguished Fellow of the Botanical Society of America" is the highest honor our Society bestows. Each year, the 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 2016 Distinguished Fellows' of the Botanical Society of America are:


Joseph Armstrong

Professor Joseph Armstrong

is a highly praised teacher/educator, a public advocate for botany and evolution, and an active researcher of quite varied interests.   His numerous awards include Outstanding Teacher at Illinois State University and the Botanical Society of America’s Charles E. Bessey award.  Well before STEM education came into vogue, he actively challenged and involved students in courses and educational experiences, as reflected in his books and numerous writings.  His former students are effusive in their high regard for his teaching and influences on their professional lives; as one of them stated, “he’s all about all the students”.  He has been equally vigorous in his public outreach for botany and evolution, and he has been a major contributor to and tireless worker for the Botanical Society of America.  Professor Armstrong’s research has dealt with the whole plant, from root apical meristems through the wood of stems to flowers; his substantial published research articles have included studies on anatomy, morphology, floral development, pollination biology, genetics, systematics, and ecology.  As one of his supporters noted, his “studies on the role of floral morphology for the distinction of families in the premolecular era are especially noteworthy”.  Many have noted that he is a student of the whole plant and its place in ecosystems, as well as a proponent of botany and evolution through teaching and public outreach – Professor Armstrong is “a man of many hats”.


Jacob Weiner

Professor Jacob Weiner has made important contributions in several areas of ecology, including size variation within plant populations, plant competition at the individual and population levels, plant growth and resource allocation, and the application of ecological and evolutionary knowledge to agricultural production systems.  He is associated with a specific approach to plant ecology, which is analytic, mechanistic and starts with simple models that produce testable hypotheses. Several of his papers are considered “classics” and are used in plant ecology courses around the world because they are easy to read and have a clear logic. He is known for finding non-conventional angles and solutions to difficult problems, and has often succeeded in discovering simplicity in the seemingly overwhelming complexity of plant behavior. For example, he showed that patterns of allocation in plants that had been interpreted as “flexible reproductive strategies” could be better and more simply explained in terms of fixed allometric trajectories. In the middle of his career, he made a notable shift in focus and location.  After serving on the faculty at Swarthmore College for 18 years, where he taught courses in botany and ecology and did research on basic mechanisms of plant competition and allocation, he left for the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (now part of the University of Copenhagen) in Denmark in 1996 and began applying theories from plant ecology to the improvement of agriculture.  Using ideas from plant population biology and testing the resulting hypotheses, he has demonstrated that the potential for weed suppression by cereal crops is much greater than appreciated, and that this potential can be realized through increased crop density and spatial uniformity. He is currently attempting to apply evolutionary theory to agriculture and plant breeding.

 

 

Jeanette Siron Pelton Award
The Jeanette Siron Pelton Award is given for sustained and imaginative productivity in the field of experimental plant morphology.
Dr. Neelima Sinha, Uniniversity of Californis, Davis
Dr. Neelima Singh is best known for her ongoing work on understanding the developmental and evolutionary basis for leaf form, starting with her examination of the role of KNOX homebox genes in regulating the development of simple versus compound leaves. Her integrative work evolution of form spans a broad range of forward-thinking approaches, from morphometrics and gene family evolution, to recent work using single cell transcriptomics and network approaches to decipher conserved and divergent modules involved in leaf development. Her enormous influence has touched on morphology, developmental genetics, evolutionary biology and even agriculture. A testament to her impact on the field of plant morphology and development is the long list of influential students and postdocs that were mentored in her lab.

 

Margaret Menzel Award (Genetics Section)
The Margaret Menzel Award is presented by the Genetics Section for the outstanding paper presented in the contributed papers sessions of the annual meetings.
This year’s award goes to Jason Cantley, Bucknell University
For the paper “Monolithic sandstone continental islands of northern Australia unlock secrets of breeding system evolution in five sympatrically occurring species of the Australian spiny Solanum (Solanaceae) lineage" Co-authors: Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Morgan Roche, Daniel Hayes and Chris Martine.

 

Samuel Noel Postlethwait Award
The Samuel Noel Postlethwait Award is given for outstanding service to the BSA Teaching Section.
Stokes Baker, University of Detroit Mercy has receive the 2016 Samuel Noel Postlethwait Award for his long term service to the Teaching Section.

 

Awards for EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS:

 

BSA Emerging Leaders Award
Dr. Michael Barker

Dr. Michael Barker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.  Mike received his undergraduate degree at Denison University, earned a Master’s degree at Miami University, and then obtained a PhD in 2009 at Indiana University with Drs. Loren Rieseberg and Gerald Gastony. After his NSERC-BRITE Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of British Columbia with Dr. Sally Otto, he took his current position in 2011. Over that time, Mike has proven to be a prolific researcher, with more than 50 peer-reviewed publications.

As an emerging leader, Mike enjoys a national and international reputation for being an expert at using bioinformatics and computational biology to confront enduring evolutionary questions in botany.  Mike has successfully focused on developing algorithms for studying ancient and recent polyploidy (whole genome duplications).  Taxonomically, he has worked primarily on ferns and members of the sunflower family; however, his novel methods in computational biology have led him to work on many plant groups as now on insects and other lineages of life.  His expertise also spans time from macroevolution to microevolution – from the diversification of major lineages to recent hybridization and plant domestication.

Mike has an impressive record of leadership not only in research, but he is also dedicated to teaching, outreach and service. Whether coordinating computational workshops or directing campus-wide bioinformatics efforts, Mike has demonstrated a willingness to step up and assume leadership roles in professional societies and at the University of Arizona. He has organized several symposia and colloquia, including a BSA symposium and special issue of the American Journal of Botany on the theme of polyploidy and genome evolution. Given his record of accomplishment and contributions to Botany, Dr. Michael Barker is an exemplary recipient of the 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 2016 recipient is:
Krissa Skogen, Ph.D., Conservation Scientist, Conservation and Land Management Internship Program Manager, Chicago Botanic Garden and Adjunct Professor – Northwestern 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 2016 award recipients are:

 

The J. S. Karling Graduate Student Research Awards
Jonathan P. Spoelhof, University of Florida, Advisor: Douglas Soltis, For the Proposal: Connecting Adaptation and Expression in Neopolyploid Arabidopsis thaliana

 

The BSA Graduate Student Research Awards
Ana María Bedoya, University of Washington, Seattle, Advisor: Richard Olmstead, For the Proposal: Andean uplift and the transformation of aquatic ecosystems: Impacts on the evolutionary patterns in aquatic plants of northern South America
Alexander C. Bippus, Humboldt State University, Advisor: Alexandru M.F. Tomescu, For the Proposal: Exploring the Phylogeny of Basal Tracheophytes: The Early Devonian Radiation
Megan Bontrager, University of British Columbia, Advisor: Amy Angert, For the Proposal: The roles of geography and environment in determining population genetic structure and performance at the northern range edge of Clarkia pulchella
Matthew Chmielewski, Portland State University, Advisor: Sarah Eppley, For the Proposal: Does local dispersal of bryophytes by birds matter?: Testing temporal shifts in bryophyte movement via birds and wind in a Pacific Northwest forest
Taylor Crow, University of Wyoming, Advisor: Kristina Hufford, For the Proposal: Alternative methods for delineating seed transfer zones
Timea Deakova, Portland State University, Advisor: Sarah Eppley, For the Proposal: <em>A novel finding: Exploring the role of isoprene emission from germinating Polytrichum juniperinum moss spores
Evan Eifler, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Advisor: Tom Givnish, For the Proposal: Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Diversification in Geissorhiza (Iridaceae): Phylogeny, Biogeography, and Vulnerability in the Cape Floristic Province
Jonathan A. Flickinger, Florida International University, Advisor: Javier Francisco-Ortega, For the Proposal: Systematics of the Lathberry Clade of Eugenia L. (Myrtaceae) in the Caribbean Islands
Luiz Henrique Martins Fonseca, Universidade de São Paulo, Advisor: Lúcia G. Lohmann, For the Proposal: SYSTEMATICS, PHYLOGENY AND DIVERSIFICATION OF ADENOCALYMMA (BIGNONIEAE, BIGNONIACEAE)
Diana Gamba, University of Missouri – St. Louis, Advisor: Nathan Muchhala, For the Proposal: Is speciation faster in the tropics? Effects of seasonality and mutualists on angiosperm genetic structure
Ian Gilman, University of Idaho, Advisor: David Tank, For the Proposal: Phylogeography of Cordylanthus and Pseudocordylanthus: a framework for assessing the role of niche evolution and conservatism in the process of speciation
Nathan Paul Hartley, Duke University, Advisor: Paul Manos, For the Proposal: Diversification of a neotropical litter-trapping epiphyte clade (Anthurium section Pachyneurium): a preliminary assessment of phylogenetic niche conservatism
Caitlin Maraist, Portland State University, Advisor: Sarah Eppley, For the Proposal: Effects of phyllospheric fungi on sexual effort and chemical cues in the dioecious moss, Ceratodon purpureus
F. Nicolas Medina, Claremont Graduate University, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Advisor: J. Travis Columbus, For the Proposal: Phylogenetic insights into the New World strangler figs (Ficus subgen. Urostigma sect. Americana): testing for hybridization and introgression
Chelsea Miller, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Advisor: Charles Kwit, For the Proposal: Does the presence of entomopathogenic fungi on myrmecochorous seeds affect seed-handling and dispersal behaviors in Aphaenogaster ants?
Andre A. Naranjo, University of Florida, Advisor: Pamela Soltis, For the Proposal: The Comparative Phylogeography of Eastern North American Wetland Forest Species
Chathurani Ranathunge, Mississippi State University, Advisor: Mark E. Welch, For the Proposal: Elucidating the adaptive role of microsatellites in natural populations of Helianthus annuus (Asteraceae)
María Adolfina Savoretti, Universidad Nacional de La Plata and Instituto de Botánica Darwinion, Advisor: Alexandru M.F. Tomescu, For the Proposal: Systematic affinities of Early Cretaceous mosses of western North America – an inquiry into the deep history of bryophytes
Katelin D. Stanley, Florida State University, Advisor: Austin R. Mast, For the Proposal: A Comparative Anchor for Anchored Phylogenomics: Systematic Discovery of Elephantopodinae (Asteraceae) from within the “Evil Tribe”

 

Vernon I. Cheadle Student Travel Awards (BSA in association with the Developmental and Structural Section)
This award was named in honor of the memory and work of Dr. Vernon I. Cheadle.
Christopher Nelson, Florida Museum of Natural History - Advisor, Dr. Nathan A. Jud - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "A new species of Mammea (Calophyllaceae) from the lower Miocene of Panama" Co-author: Nathan A. Jud
Adam Ramsey, University of Memphis - Advisor, Dr. Jennifer R Mandel - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "Patterns of cyto-nuclear disequilibrium and the influence of heteroplasmy in wild carrot, Daucus carota (Apiaceae) " Co-author: Jennifer R Mandel
Amanda Salvi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - Advisor, Dr. Selena Y Smith - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "Effect of canopy shading on morphology, anatomy, and self-shading in spiral gingers (Costus)" Co-author: Selena Y Smith
Rachel Schwallier, Naturalis Biodiversity Center - Advisor, Dr. Barbara Gravendeel - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "Evolution of wood anatomical characters in Nepenthes and close relatives in Caryophyllales" Co-authors: Barbara Gravendeel, Hugo de Boer, Bertie Joan van Heuven, Anton Sieder, Sukaibin Sumail, Rogier van Vugt, Stephan Nylinder and Frederic Lens

 

The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards
The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards support undergraduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendation. The 2016 award recipients are:
Christie Dang, Creighton University - Advisor, Dr. Mackenzie Taylor, Post-pollination development in the hydrophilous species Stuckenia pectinata (Potamogetonaceae)
Anna Hakkenberg, University of Richmond - Advisor, Dr. Carrie Wu, Genetic patterns of introduction during the emerging invasion of wavyleaf basketgrass (Oplismenus undulatifolius) into U.S. Mid-Atlantic forest understories
María del Pilar Herrera, San Marcos University - Advisor, Dr. Julien Bachelier, Comparative development of extremely dimorphic male and female reproductive structures in Orthopterygium huaucui, a very rare and highly endemic dioecious genus of Anacardiaceae
Elizabeth Leo, Towson University - Advisor, Dr. Laura Gough, Bioavailability and Trophic Transfer of Heavy Metal Soil Contaminants in Urban Gardens in Baltimore, MD.
Nathan Luftman, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Christopher T. Martine and Jason Cantley, Chenopodium "Moloka'i" (Amaranthaceae): A potential new species on the Hawaiian Island Moloka'i
Kendall Major, University of Memphis - Advisor, Dr. Jennifer Mandel, Genetic Diversity and Population Structure in the Clonal Plant Trillium recurvatum
Yu-Ling Shih, Da-Yeh University - Advisors, Dr. Pei-Luen Lu, Botanical Biodiversity of Long Lellang, Sarawak, Malaysia
Austin Szubryt, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale - Advisor, Dr. Kurt Neubig, The golden rule for goldentops: using phylogenetics to classify Euthamia (Asteraceae)

 

The BSA Young Botanist Awards
The purpose of these awards is to offer individual recognition to outstanding graduating seniors in the plant sciences and to encourage their participation in the Botanical Society of America. The 2016 "Certificate of Special Achievement" award recipients are:
Kevin Bird, University of Missouri, Advisor: Dr. J. Chris Pires
Katie Brown, University of Guelph, Advisor: Dr. Christina (Chris) Caruso
Carmela Buono, Rutgers University, Advisor: Dr. Myla F.J. Aronson
Alice Butler, Bucknell University, Advisor: Dr. Chris Martine
Wade Dismukes, University of Missouri, Advisor: Dr. J. Chris Pires
Ashley Donnel, Eastern Illinois University, Advisor: Dr. Scott J. Meiners
Benjamin Durrington, Hillsdale College, Advisor: Dr. Ranessa Cooper
Zoe Feder, Oberlin College, Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Moore
Meghan Garanich, Bucknell University, Advisor: Dr. Chris Martine
Cazandra Koonce, St. Louis Community College, Advisor: Dr. Scott D. Gevaert
Erin Johnson, Oberlin College, Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Moore
Evan Kilburn, Auburn University, Advisor: Dr. Robert S. Boyd
Ian Medeiros, College of the Atlantic, Advisor: Dr. Nishanta “Nishi” Rajakaruna
Jacob Mreen, St. Louis Community College, Advisor: Dr. Scott D. Gevaert
Julia OlivieriOberlin College, Advisor: Dr. Michael Moore
Becca Otoole, University of Florida, Advisor: Dr. Douglas Soltis
Madeline McClelland, Willamette University, Advisor: Dr. Susan R. Kephart
Sebastian Mortimer, Willamette University, Advisor: Dr. Susan R. Kephart
Margo Paces, Fort Lewis College, Advisor: Dr. Ross A. McCauley
Amanda Salvi, University of Michigan, Advisor: Dr. Selena Y. Smith
Jake Summers, Connecticut College, Advisor: Dr. Chad Jones
Anna Talcott, Hillsdale College, Advisor: Dr. Ranessa Cooper
Imena Valdes, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Koptur
Rebecca Valls, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Eric von Wettberg
Scott Van De Verg, University of Hawai'i, Advisor: Dr. Cliff Morden
Kayla Ventura, University of Florida, Advisor: Dr. Pamela S. Soltis
Lauren Walter, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Advisor: Dr. Shannon C.K. Straub

 

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.
Timothy Batz, California State Polytechnic University, Advisor: Dr. Bharti Sharma
Janet Mansaray, Howard University, Advisor: Dr. Janelle Burke
Corey Milligan, Harris-Stowe State University, Advisor: Dr. Thomas Brown
Brooke Palmer, Colorado State University, Advisor: Dr. Stacey Smith
Vivianna Sanchez, Mount St. Mary's University, Advisor: Dr. Adriane Jones
Jaime Schwoch, Portland State University, Advisor: Dr. Mitch Cruzan
Evelyn Valdez-Rangel, University of Houston-Downtown, Advisor: Dr. Michael Tobin
Rebecca Valls, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Eric von Wettberg
Nathan Vega, California State University-Fullerton, Advisor: Dr. Joshua Der
Monica Warner, California State University - Dominguez Hills, Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Thiess
Shan Wong, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Hong Liu

 

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.
Ben Merritt, University of Cincinnati - Advisors: Dr. Theresa M. Culley, for the proposal titled "Questions of genomic and geographic scales: Characterization and assessment of molecular tools in Sedum lanceolatum Torr. (Crassulaceae)"
Megan Bontrager, University of British Columbia - Advisor: Dr. Amy Angert, for the proposal titled "The roles of geography and environment in determining population genetic structure and performance at the northern range edge of Clarkia pulchella"

 

Isabel Cookson Award (Paleobotanical Section)
Established in 1976, the Isabel Cookson Award recognizes the best student paper presented in the Paleobotanical Section
Brian Atkinson from Oregon State University, for the paper entitled, “Initial radiation of asterids: earliest cornalean fossils, Co-authors: Ruth A Stockey and Gar W Rothwell.

 

Katherine Esau Award (Developmental and Structural Section)
This award was established in 1985 with a gift from Dr. Esau and is augmented by ongoing contributions from Section members. It is given to the graduate student who presents the outstanding paper in developmental and structural botany at the annual meeting.
This year’s award goes to Dustin Ray, from the University of Connecticut, for the paper “Conduit packing and allometric scaling of tissues in petioles.” Co-author: Cynthia Jones.

 

Physiological Section Li-Cor Prize
Christina Hilt, Fort Hays State University - Advisor, Dr. Brian Maricle, for the poster “Does environment or genetics influence leaf level physiology? Measuring photosynthetic rates of native big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) grown in common gardens across a precipitation gradient” Co-authors: Christina Hilt, Cera Smart, Adam Urban, Diedre Kramer, Nicole Martin, Sara Baer, Loretta Johnson and Brian Maricle

 

Maynard Moseley Award (Developmental & Structural and Paleobotanical Sections)
The Maynard F. Moseley Award was established in 1995 to honor a career of dedicated teaching, scholarship, and service to the furtherance of the botanical sciences. Dr. Moseley, known to his students as “Dr. Mo”, died Jan. 16, 2003 in Santa Barbara, CA, where he had been a professor since 1949. He was widely recognized for his enthusiasm for and dedication to teaching and his students, as well as for his research using floral and wood anatomy to understand the systematics and evolution of angiosperm taxa, especially waterlilies. (PSB, Spring, 2003). The award is given to the best student paper, presented in either the Paleobotanical or Developmental and Structural sessions, that advances our understanding of plant structure in an evolutionary context.
Alex Bippus, from the Humboldt State University for the paper "Tiny ecosystems: bryophytes and other biotic interactions around an osmundaceous fern from the Eocene of Patagonia" Co-authors: Ignacio H Escapa and Alexandru Tomescu

 

Emanuel D. Rudolph Award (Historical Section)
The Emanuel D. Rudolph Award is given by the Historical Section of the BSA for the best student presentation/poster of a historical nature at the annual meetings. 
This year’s award goes to Aniket Sengupta, University of Kansas - for the presentation: “Calcutta Botanical Garden and making of the modern world.”

 

Developmental & Structural Section Best Student Presentation Awards
Jingjing Tong, University of Washington, for the poster “Duplication and expression pattern of CYCLOIDEA-like genes in Campanulaceae” Co-author: Dianella Howarth

 

Ecology Section Student Presentation Awards
Ian Matthew Jones (Graduate Student), Florida International University, for the paper “Changing Light Conditions in Pine Rockland Habitats Affect the Outcome of Ant-Plant Interactions” Co-authors: Suzanne Koptur, Hilma R Gallegos, Joseph P Tardanico and Patricia A Trainer
Meghan Garanich (Graduate Student), Bucknell University, for the paper “Identification of fire tolerance thresholds in seeds of the Western Australian endemic bush tomato, Solanum beaugleholei (Solanaceae)” Co-authors: Jason Cantley, Lacey Gavala, Ingrid Jordon-Thaden and Chris Martine
Scott Eckert, The College of New Jersey, for the best Graduate Student poster “Juvenile trees in suburban forests: insights from structural equation modeling” Co-author: Janet Morrison

 

Genetics Section Student Presentation Award
Michelle Gaynor, University of Central Florida, for the poster “Identifying the Factors Influencing Plant Communities Across the United States Using A Phylogenetic Framework” Co-authors: Robert Laport and Julienne Ng

 

Tropical Biology Section Student Presentation Award
Samantha Worthy, Columbus State University, for the paper “Phylogenetic analysis of Andean tree communities along an elevational gradient in Ecuador” Co-authors: Rosa Jiménez, Renato Valencia, Katya Romoleroux, Jennifer M. Cruse-Sanders, Alex Reynolds, John Barone, Alvaro Perez and Kevin Burgess

 

Physiological Section Student Presentation Awards
Katherine Cary, University of California, Santa Cruz - Advisor, Jarmila Pittermann, for the paper “Leaf and xylem function under extreme nutrient deficiency: an example from the pygmy forest” Co-authors: Jarmila Pittermann
Danielle Bucior, Ithaca College - Advisor, Dr. Brian Maricle, for the poster “Comparison of Heavy Metal Concentrations in Terrestrial and Aquatic Plants from Vieques, Puerto Rico

 

Developmental & Structural Section Student Travel Awards Muhammad Akbar Abdul Ghaffar, Ohio State University - Advisor, Katrina Cornsih - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "Histological Study of Laticifer and Rubber Particle Ontogeny in Taraxacum kok-saghyz Roots" Co-authors: Tea Meulia and Katrina Cornsih Bridget Giffei, Creighton University - Advisor, Mackenzie Taylor - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "Post-pollination development in Ruppia maritima (Ruppiaceae, Alismatales)" Co-authors: Christie L. Dang, Kristine M. Altrichter, Ana E. Wilden and Mackenzie Taylor

 

Genetics Section Student Travel Awards
Adam Ramsay, University of Memphis - Advisor, Dr. Jennifer R Mandel - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "Patterns of cyto-nuclear disequilibrium and the influence of heteroplasmy in wild carrot, Daucus carota (Apiaceae)" Co-author: Jennifer R Mandel
Charles Foster, University of Sydney - Advisor, Dr. Simon Ho - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "Evaluating the impact of genomic data and priors on Bayesian estimates of the angiosperm evolutionary timescale" Co-authors: Herve Sauquet, Marlien van der Merwe, Hannah McPherson, Maurizio Rossetto and Simon Ho
Monica Warner, California State University, California State University, Dominguez Hills - Advisor, Dr. Kathryn E. Theiss - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "Evaluating species differentiation in endangered rush lillies using population genetics" Co-authors: Kathryn Theiss and Susan Kephart