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No Awards Given in 2020
Helen Holmlund, University of California, Santa Cruz, Advisor: Jarmila Pittermann, For the Presentation: High-resolution computed tomography reveals dynamics of desiccation and rehydration in a desiccation-tolerant fern. Co-authors: Brandon Pratt, Anna Jacobsen, Stephen Davis, Jarmila Pittermann
Alaina Petlewski, Cornell University, Advisor: Fay-Wei Li, For the Presentation: Using sequencing technologies to investigate evolutionary questions in Lycopodiaceae Co-Author: Fay-Wei Li
Lindsey Riibe, University of Florida, Advisor: Dr. Emily Sessa, For the Presentation: Morphology and sequence data resolve the Diplazium praestans mystery Co-authors: Weston Testo, Michael S. Sundue, Emily Sessa
David Wickell, Cornell University, Advisor: Fay-Wei Li, For the Presentation: CAM photosynthesis in the aquatic lycophyte Isoetes taiwanensis Co-authors: Li-Yaung, Fay-Wei Li
Anthony Baniaga, University of Arizona, "Hybridization, polyploidy, and adaptation to extreme environments by Selaginella".
Maggy Bunker, University of Florida
Susan Fawcett, University of Vermont
Zheng Li, University of Arizona, "Why do homosporous ferns have high numbers of chromosomes?"
Lindsey Riibe, University of Florida, "Phylogeny and biogeography of endemic ferns in a biodiversity hotspot."
Tanner Robison, Utah State University, "Mobile elements may be shaping plastome evolution in ferns"
Peter Schafran, Old Dominion University, "Phylogeny and biogeography of endemic ferns in a biodiversity hotspot"
Nipuni Shalika, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Dr. Lisa Hooper, Truman State University For her paper; "The current status of Aleuritopteris (Pteridaceae) based on recent molecular analyse" Co-authors: George Yatskievych, Layne Huiet, Kathleen Pryer and Michael D. Windham
Dr. Alejandra Vasco, Duke University For her paper; "Leaf evolution and development: building better models from fern leaf diversity" Co-author: Barbara A. Ambrose
Kelsey Cook, Miami University, Oxford - Advisor, Dr. R. James Hickey - for the Botany 2015 presentation: "Morphological variation in the New World Pseudolycopodiella caroliniana species complex" Co-author: R. James Hickey
Benjamin Dauphin , University of Neuchâtel, for the Botany 2015 presentation: "Gene flow by spore dispersal vs sperm transport by subsurface water flow in outcrossing Botrychium lunaria populations in the Swiss Alps." Co-authors: Donald Farrar and Jason Grant
Joel Nitta, Harvard University, Cambridge - Advisor, Dr. James Watkins - for the Botany 2015 presentation: "Comparative Ecophysiology of the Filmy Ferns (Hymenophyllaceae) of Moorea, French Polynesia" Co-author: James Watkins, N. Michele Holbrook and Charles Davis
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
Anthony Baniaga, University of Arizona - Advisor, Dr. Mike Barker, for the paper “Genomics of Allopolyploidy and Hybridization in Selaginella subg. Tetragonostachys” Co-authors: Nils Arrigo and Michael Barker
Laura Klein, Saint Louis University - Advisor, Dr. R. James Hickey, for the paper “Morphology and Introgressive Hybridization in North American Diphasiastrum”
Fernando Matos, New York Botanical Garden - Advisor, Dr. Robbin C. Moran, for the paper “Systematic Studies of Elaphoglossum section Polytrichia (Dryopteridaceae)” Co-author: Robbin Moran
Tai-Chung Wu, National Taiwan University - Advisor, Dr. Wen-Yuan Kao, for the poster “Stomatal response in leaves of Marsilea crenata, an amphibious fern” Co-author: Wen-Yuan Kao
Amanda Grusz, Duke University - Advisor, Dr. Kathleen Pryer - Botany 2012 presentation: “Using next generation sequencing to develop microsatellite markers in ferns ” Co-authors, Michael Windham and Kathleen Pryer
Stacy Jorgensen, University of Vermont - Advisor, Dr. David Barrington - Botany 2012 presentation: “New insights into the heritage of Pacific Northwestern polyploids in the genus Polystichum (Dryopteridaceae)” Co-author, David Barrington
Meghan McKeown, University of Vermont - Advisor, Dr. David Barrington - Botany 2012 presentation: “226” Co-authors, Michael Sundue and David Barrington
Weston Testo, Colgate University - Advisor, Dr. James E. Watkins - Botany 2012 presentation: “Comparative gametophyte ecology of the American hart's-tongue fern and associated fern taxa: evidence for recent population declines in New York State” Co-author, James E. Watkins
Fernando Matos, New York Botanical Garden - Advisor, Dr. Robbin Moran - Botany 2011 presentation: “The ferns and lycophytes of a montane tropical forest in southern Bahia, Brazil.” Co-authors, Paulo Henrique Labiak and Andre, Amorim
Monique McHenry, University of Vermont - Advisor, Dr. David Barrington - Botany 2011 presentation: “Investigating morphological diversity of Andean Polystichum (Dryopteridaceae): seeking explanations for incongruence between sequence variation and morphological variation.” Co-author, Dr. David Barrington
Christine Creese, University of California Los Angeles – Botany 2009 presentation: The coordination of structure and function in 15 fern species from Southern California. Co-author, Lawren Sack.
Emily Sessa, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Botany 2010 presentation: Relationships of New World Dryopteris (Dryopteridaceae). Co-authors, Thomas J. Givnish and Elizabeth Zimmer.
Susan Sprunt, Miami University of Ohio – Botany 2010 presentation: Of genes, scales and venation: Detecting patterns of variation in the Pleopeltis polypodioides species complex (Polypodiaceae). Co-authors, John A. Bailer, Linda E. Watson, Harald Schneider, and R. James Hickey.
Marian M. Chau, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI – Dr. Thomas Ranker – Botany 2009 presentation: Restoration genetics of the endangered fern Marsilea villosa: variation among populations on two Hawaiian islands.
Jessica Sabo, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY – Dr. James E. Watkins Jr. – Botany 2009 presentation: Understanding abiotic stress tolerance in fern gametophytes and sporophytes.
Erin Sigel, Duke University, Durham, NC – Dr. Kathleen Pryer – Botany 2009 presentation: To have or have not: using farina to delineate major clades within the false cloak ferns (Argyrochosma).
Alejandra Vasco, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY – Dr. Robbin Moran – Botany 2009 presentation: Systematics and phylogeny of Elaphoglossum section Lepidoglossum H. Christ (Drypoteridaceae): search for natural groups.
Jay Bolin, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA - Dr. Lytton J. Musselman - Botany 2008 presentation:
"Unraveling the reticulate evolutionary history of the Isoetes hyemalis complex."
Emily Butler, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI - Advisor, Dr. Thomas J. Givnish - Botany 2008 presentation:
"In the Light of Evolution: A Proposal to Integrate Phylogeny and Ecophysiology in New World Dryopteris."
Amber Churchill, Stonehill College, North Easton, MA - Advisor, Dr. J. Edward Watkins - Botany 2008 presentation:
" A Site for Sori: Consequences of Fertile/Sterile Leaf Dimorphism in Ferns."
Michael Sundue, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY - Advisor, Dr. Robbin Moran - Botany 2008 presentation:
" Systematics of grammitid ferns: Lellingeria, Melpomene, and Terpsichore."
Ms. Melanie Link-Perez, Miami University, Advisor: Dr. R. James Hickey
For her Botany 2007 presentation entitled: "Morphological Variation and Geographical Distribution of Adiantopsis radiata."
Mr. Carl Rothfels, Duke University, Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Pryer
For his Botany 2007 presentation entitled: "Making Fronds in the Desert: Phylogenetics of Farinose Ferns (Notholaena: Pteridaceae)."
Ms. Alejandra Vasco, New York Botanical Garden, Advisor: Dr. Robbin C. Moran
For her Botany 2007 poster entitled: "Taxonomic Revision of the Elaphoglossum ciliatum group (Dryopteridaceae)."
Michael S. Barker, Indiana University, Advisor: Dr. Loren Rieseberg for his Botany 2006 presentation entitled: "Inferring paleopolyploidy in homosporous ferns using duplicate gene age distributions"
Joshua Der, Utah State University, Advisor: Dr. Paul Wolf for his Botany 2006 presentation entitled: "A global phylogeographic study of the chloroplast genome in bracken (Pteridium: Dennstaedtiaceae)"
Amanda Grusz, University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Advisor: Dr. Kathleen M. Pryer for her Botany 2006 presentation entitled: "Polyploids and reticulate voids: the Cheilanthes fenderli complex revisited"
Chad E. Husby, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Steven Oberbauer for his Botany 2006 presentation entitled: "Salinity tolerance ecophysiology of the giant horsetail, Equisetum giganteum, in the Atacoma Desert, Chile"
Annabelle Kleist, Carroll College, Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Geiger for her Botany 2006 presentation entitled: "Alternate pathways of fern dispersal to the Hawaiian Islands, Part 3: Cibotium"
Eric Shuettpelz, Duke University, Advisor: Dr. Kathleen M. Pryer for his Botany 2006 presentation entitled; " Toward a comprehensive phylogeny of extant ferns"