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Vegetation Section

Ton Damman Award

The Ton Damman Award recognizes the lifetime dedication of Ton Damman to the advancement of Vegetation Science. While his professional career revolved around his research on peatland ecology, biogeography, plant community classification and ecology, his teaching focused on broader plant ecological issues. Working with his students and other colleagues, he approached his research with unparalleled commitment and untiring zeal. He was an ardent conservationist of wildlands and biological diversity. His love for the out-of-doors served as a model for the many students and professionals with whom he came into contact.

The Ton Damman Award will be given to a graduate student or very recent post-graduate scientist for the best oral presentation in Vegetation Science at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Students competing for the Damman Award must meet all the criteria for ESA’s Buell Award. A candidate for this award need not be a member of the Vegetation Section, but does need to be senior author of the abstract and give the oral presentation at the annual meeting. The recipient will receive a framed certificate and cash award.

Application Process: Applicants for the Ton Damman award should contact Vegetation Section Secretary, Loretta Battaglia, by email at ude.uis.tnalpnull@ailgattabl by July 15, 2013, indicating that they wish to be considered for the Ton Damman Award.  In the message to the Secretary, the student must describe in a very succinct paragraph how the paper to be presented conforms to the objectives of the Ton Damman Award.  For more information on the application process, please visit the Vegetation Section’s award page:

Evaluation Process: At the meeting, the Buell judges review all presentations that are simultaneously being considered for the Buell and Damman Awards.

The Vegetation Section Chair sends the Buell Chair a list of the “Ton Damman” competitors, and gets their review forms from the Buell Chair after the annual meeting. The Secretary then compiles the scores and judge’s comments and sends them to the other Vegetation Section Officers (Secretary, Chair Elect, Past Chair). The officers reach agreement on the awardee based on the Buell judge’s forms. The Section Chair then emails the Damman Award candidates notifying them of the outcome of the award.