ASLO Awards and Honors

ASLO awards provide opportunities to recognize outstanding individual performance and to highlight accomplishments of the aquatic science research community. Please take the time to nominate your colleagues for these awards.


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. The initial gift to create a fund for the Lindeman award was made in 1986 by Lindeman's colleague in graduate school, Charles B. Reif of Wilkes College, PA, and a subsequent gift from Reif continues to support the award. Lindeman received his Ph.D. in March, 1941 from the University of Minnesota, and began postdoctoral work with G. Evelyn Hutchinson at Yale that September. His career was cut short by his death in April, 1942; he was only 27. The paper for which he is most remembered was published posthumously in 1942 (The trophic-dynamic aspect of ecology, Ecology 23: 399-418). The paper is the result of his thesis work on Cedar Creek Bog, Minnesota; he already had a draft version completed when he joined Hutchinson's lab. Hutchinson was instrumental in getting the paper accepted for publication (it was initially rejected by reviewers!). This paper has since become the foundation for research on the flow of energy in plant and animal communities. To learn more about Lindeman, read the biography of Lindeman by Bob Sterner in the May 2006 issue of the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. This award recognizes the contribution of an individual scientist.


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.Emphasis in selection will be given to mid-career scientists for work accomplished during the preceding 5-10 years. This award is intended for individuals only.


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. Redfield's biography was compiled by Dr. Peter Williams, who received the Redfield Award in 2009, and published in the December 2006 issue of the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. Emphasis in selection is given to established aquatic scientists whose work is recognized for its importance and long-term influence. Candidates should have more than 25 years experience beyond the date of their most advanced degree. This award is open to pairs of individuals where joint work has been of a long-term, sustained collaborative effort.


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. A nominated paper must be at least 10, but no more than 30 years old. The model for such a paper is Martin et al (1991), which laid out the case for iron limitation of phytoplankton productivity in the ocean. This award will be given to at most one paper per year. Unlike the Lindeman Award, which recognizes very recent papers (within 2 years) by young investigators, the Martin Award is for papers at least 10 years old.

Martin, JH, RM Gordon, and SE Fitzwater. 1991. The case for iron. Limnol. Oceanogr. 36:1793-1802


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. Emphasis on selection is given to aquatic scientists who have made either sustained contributions or a single, but critical contribution towards solving an environmental problem. While this award is intended for individuals, under exceptional circumstances the Awards Committee may consider a pair/team.


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 aquatic scientists at any stage in their careers and will be presented to the candidate who best exemplifies the highest standards of excellence in education. While this award is intended for individuals, under exceptional circumstances the Awards Committee may consider a pair/team. The Ramón Margalef Award for Excellence in Education was first presented in 2009 and will be presented annually. Margalef's biography was compiled by Dr. Francesc Peters and published in the March 2010 issue of the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin.


In 2012, the Board initiated a new annual award in honor of early career scientists. The Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award honors an individual aquatic scientist normally within 12 years of the completion of their terminal degree, for outstanding and balanced contributions to research, science training, and broader societal issues such as resource management, conservation, policy, and public education.


The Victoria J. Bertics Memorial Award for Aquatic Science recognizes ASLO members who could not fulfill their career potential because of early death or disability. Initiated in 1987, the Award was originally called the ASLO Citation for Scientific Excellence, but was renamed in honor of Victoria Bertics, a brilliant young scientist whose career was sadly curtailed by illness. Nominees can be any career stage and have, in the past, ranged from post-doctoral fellows to senior scientists.

Nominations should be made directly to the ASLO President and are considered by the entire Board. Nomination procedure is less formal than with other awards, but should include a statement of the nominee’s aspirations and achievements. Further details may be obtained from the ASLO President.


This 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 was renamed the Tommy and Yvette Edmondson Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of their long and remarkable service to the society. While this award is intended for individuals, under exceptional circumstances the Awards Committee may consider a pair/team.