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. This 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. 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 certificate and cash award ($400).
The Ton Damman Award will be determined using the following evaluation mechanism:
1. Students/Recent Postgraduates (graduated after 15 April 2019) apply for consideration via the ESA Registration Grant Portal (https://www.esa.org/saltlake/travel-support/
). Your application should include a copy of the ESA abstract, a succinct paragraph describing how the paper to be presented conforms to the objectives of the Ton Damman Award, and provide details on status as a student or recent graduate.
2. The executive committee of the Vegetation Section, with additional judges from the Section as necessary, will choose the top 17 candidates based on the abstracts. These 17 candidates will become the contenders at the ESA meeting. Each of these students will receive a registration grant to attend the Annual Meeting.
3. At the meeting, judges from the Vegetation Section will assess the presentations and determine a winner, who will receive an additional $400 and a certificate.