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2009 Award Presentations

Beginning in 2008, award ceremonies are recorded for online viewing. The 2009 awards were presented at the Aquatic Sciences Meeting held in Nice, France. The award ceremonies and plenary sessions were taped by the Information System Department of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis thanks to a generous grant provided by the University. The award presentations are provided below. They can also be watched on the University's podcast website. Finally, they can also be downloaded on iPods, Macintosh computers and PCs through iTunesU.

ASLO is very grateful to the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and its Information System Department for having provided this service to the ASLO members and participants of the meeting.

To view the award ceremonies for each day, click on the corresponding date.

26 January 2009

Distinguished Service Award
This periodic award was initiated in 1993, to recognize members who have displayed exceptional efforts that support the professional goals and enhance the stature of ASLO. In 2009, the award is given to Paul Kemp and Susana Feng, For creating, maintaining, and enhancing the ubiquitous web presence of ASLO; for launching and building L&O: Methods into a respected journal; and for their extensive, unremunerated contributions to the modern face and function of ASLO.
John Martin Award
The John Martin Award, established in 2005, recognizes a paper in aquatic sciences that is judged to have had a high impact on subsequent research in the field, and was published at least 10 years earlier. In 2009, the award recognizes Koehl, M. A. R., and J. R. Strickler. 1981. Copepod feeding currents: food capture at low Reynolds number. Limnol. Oceanogr. 26: 1062-1073. This paper demonstrated that the best way to understand copepod feeding was by combining careful observations using high-speed movies and the application of basic physical scaling using the Reynolds number. In contrast to previous ideas, Koehl and Strickler showed that complex movements of a suite of appendages were required to move whole parcels of water, with embedded particles, around and through the second maxilla. This paper showed that copepods are capable of sophisticated behaviors for concentrating food from the dilute pelagic environment, and that simple physical principles can help explain these behaviors. The award was accepted by Mimi Koehl.

27 January 2009

Ramon Margalef Excellence in Education Award
In 2008, the Board initiated a new award for Excellence in Education to recognize excellence in teaching and mentoring in the fields of limnology and oceanography. This award is targeted toward ASLO members at any stage in their careers and will be presented to the ASLO member who best exemplifies the highest standards of excellence in education. The Excellence in Education award will be presented annually. In 2009, the award recognizes the contributions of Benjamin Cuker, For his outstanding teaching in the classroom, his exemplary and nationally-noted efforts to promote minority participation in aquatic sciences, and for being a gifted mentor. We truly have an outstanding and caring educator to be our first recipient of this important award.
Raymond L. Lindeman Award
This annual award in honor of Raymond L. Lindeman (1915-1942) was first presented in 1987 to recognize an outstanding paper written by a young aquatic scientist. In 2009, the award is given to Alexandre Poulain for the paper Poulain, A.J. et al. Potential for Mercury Reduction by Microbes in the High Arctic, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73(7):2230-2238. This paper presents a very complete story that makes a convincing case for a new and unexpected mechanism of microbially mediated mercury reduction in polar regions. The combination of molecular work, fieldwork, and modelling represent a dedicated effort to get a complete story in one, very readable paper. This paper is already changing our ideas about how mercury gets into the global food chain.

28 January 2009

Ruth Patrick Award
In 1998, the Board initiated the Ruth Patrick Award, to honor outstanding research by a scientist in the application of basic aquatic science principles to the identification, analysis and/or solution of important environmental problems. In 2009, the award is given to Richard Batterbee, For outstanding contributions to the reconstruction of environmental changes from biological and chemical records in lake sediments, information and techniques that are now in common use in assessing the environmental status of lakes, and have become critical tools for lake managers and policy makers.

29 January 2009

G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award
The G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award has been presented annually since 1982 to recognize excellence in any aspect of limnology or oceanography. The award is intended to symbolize the quality and innovations toward which the society strives and to remind its members of these goals. In lending his name to the award, Hutchinson asked that recipients be scientists who had made considerable contributions to knowledge, and whose future work promised a continuing legacy of scientific excellence. In 2009, this award is given to Michael Pace, For Sustained and outstanding contributions to understanding of vertical fluxes in lakes and oceans, trophic cascades in planktonic and microbial systems, assessment of comparative and experimental approaches in aquatic ecology, and synthesis of the status and future directions of ecosystem ecology.

30 January 2009

A.C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award was first presented in 1994 to recognize and honor major, long-term achievements in the fields of limnology and oceanography, including research, education and service to the community and society. In 2004, the ASLO Board renamed the Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of Alfred C. Redfield. In 2009, the award is given to Peter Williams, For his outstanding contributions to our understanding of oceanic productivity, carbon cycling and metabolic balance and for his role in shaping current views on the importance of microbial processes in the oceans.