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Ton Damman Award

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 top five contenders receive travel grants for the meeting.

Applications must be received by 1 May prior to the August meeting.

Faculty

Please notify your students about this award!

This year the Ton Damman Award will be determined using the following evaluation mechanism:
1. Students/Recent Postgraduates (graduated after 31 May 2018) apply for consideration to Loretta Battaglia (lbattaglia@nullplant.siu.edu; and cc to george-malanson@nulluiowa.edu). Attach a copy of the ESA abstract to the email. In the message, the student must describe in a very succinct paragraph 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 five candidates based on the abstracts. These five candidates will become the contenders at the ESA meeting. EACH OF THESE FIVE WILL RECEIVE A $200 TON DAMMAN TRAVEL GRANT TO THE MEETING. These five will be obliged to sign up for 5 hours of service at the section’s table in the exhibits over the course of the meeting in return for the travel grant.
3. At the meeting, judges from the Vegetation Section will assess the five presentations and determine a winner.