The Katherine Esau Award
DR. KATHERINE ESAU will be remembered by countless students as the author of Plant Anatomy and Anatomy of Seed Plants, which are among the most influential textbooks in structural botany the second half of the last century.
In 1957, Dr. Esau became the sixth woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences. In 1989, she was awarded the National Medal of Science by President George Bush. This award
was established in 1985 with a gift from Dr. Esau and is augmented by ongoing
contributions. It is given to the graduate student who
presents the outstanding paper in developmental and structural botany at the
In Remembrance of Dr. Katherine Esau
- Rebecca Povilus, from Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
For the paper “Pre-fertilization reproductive development and floral biology in the remarkable water lily, Nymphaea thermarum.” Co-authors: Juan M Losada and William E Friedman.
- Luke Nikolov, from Harvard University
For the paper “Developmental origins of the world’s largest flowers.” Co-authors: Peter Endress, M Sugumaran, Sawitree Sasirat, Suyanee Vessabutr, Elena Kramer and Charles Davis
- Christina Lord, from Dalhousie University, Advisor, Arunika Gunawardena
For the paper “Actin microfilaments: key regulators of programmed cell death (PCD) in the lace plant.” Co-authors: Adrian Dauphinee and Arunika Gunawardena
- Natalia Pabon-Mora, from New York Botanical Garden, Advisor, Amy Litt
For the paper “Functional redundancy of non-core eudicot FUL-like paralogs in regulating flowering time and petal development..” Co-author: Amy Litt.
Honorable Mention - Chi-Chih Wu, University Of Colorado Boulder,
Advisor, Pamela Diggle
For the paper "The impact of the lower genetic relatedness of endosperm to its compatriot embryo on maize seed development." Co-authors were Pamela Diggle and William Friedman.
- Jessica Budke, University of Connecticut
For the paper “Beneath the Calyptra’s Veil: Exploring Cuticle Anatomy during Moss Sporophyte Development.” Co-authors were Bernard Goffinet and Cynthia S. Jones.
Honorable Mention - Chunmiao Feng, North Carolina State University
or the paper "Evolutionary developmental study of inflorescence in Cornus." Co-authors were Robert G. Franks and Qiu-Yun (Jenny) Xiang.
- Brett A. Bergman, California State Polytechnic University
For the paper “Effect of Leaf Nodes on the Mechanical Properties of Stems.”
His co-authors were Frank W. Ewers and Edward Bobich.
- Alana Oldham, Humboldt State University
For her paper “Height-Associated
Variation in Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood) Leaf
Anatomy: Potential Impacts on Whole-Tree Carbon Balance.”
Her co-authors were Stephen Sillett and George
- Mackenzie Taylor, University of Tennessee
For her paper “Fertilization
timing and the pollen tube pathway in Cabombaceae (Nymphaeales).”
Her co-author was Joseph H. Williams.
2006 - Brigitte Marazzi,
University of Zurich
For for her paper “Evolution
of floral diversity in the buzz-pollinated genus Senna
(Leguminosae, Cassiinae).” Co-authors were Elena Conti
and Peter K. Endress.
2005 - Heather Sanders,
For for her paper “Developmental
genetics, the fossil record, and the evolution of plant form.”
Co-authors were Gar W. Rothwell, and Sarah Wyatt.
2004 - Athena McKown,
University of Toronto
For for her paper “Evolution of kranz anamomy in the genus Flaveria (Asteraceae).” Her co-authors were Jean-Marc Moncalvo
and Nancy Dengler.
2003 - Wanda Kelly,
University of Maryland, College Park
For her paper "Geometrical relationships specifying the phyllotactic pattern of aquaticplants." Her co-author was Todd Cooke.
2001 - Steven Jansen, Institute of Botany and Microbiology, K.U. Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg
For his paper "Vestured pits: a wood
anatomical character with strong phylogenetic signals at high taxonomic levels."
Co-authors were Pieter Baas and Erik Smets.
2000 - Christopher Meloche,
University of Colorado
For his talk, co-authored with Pamela Diggle and entitled,
"Patterns of carbon allocation in Acomstylis
rossii (Rosaceae), an alpine
plant exhibiting extreme preformation."
1998 - Amber Moody,
University of Colorado
For her presentation "Architectural and
developmental analysis of the vegetative propagule of Mimulus
gemmiparus (Scrophulariaceae)" that was co-authored
with Pamela K. Diggle and David A. Steingraber.
1997 - Andrew N. Doust,
University of Melbourne
For his talk "Variability and pattern in the
flowers of the Winteraceae (Magnoliidae)."
1996 - Kenneth M. Cameron,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
For his talk entitled "Foliar architecture
of the reticulate-veined vanilloid orchids."
1995 - C. John Runions from the University of Victoria
For the paper entitled "Pollen scavenging
in spruce and evolution of the conifer pollination drop."
Co-author was John N. Owens.
1993 - Stuart F. Baum,
University of California, Davis
For his paper co-authored by Thomas L. Rost and entitled, "Analysis
of Arabidopsis root development."
1992 - Monica M. Sanwo,
University of California, Riverside
For her paper co-authored by Darleen A. DeMason and entitled,
"The role of the scutellum and aleurone
in alpha-amylase production in high-sugar (sh2 and su se) sweet corn cultivars
of Zea mays L.."
1991 - Andrew W. Douglas
For his paper co-authored by Shirley Tucker entitled 'The
underlying spatial and temporal components in the ontogenies of nectariferous
tissues of Proteaceae."
1990 - Carlos Perez-Munoz,
Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis
For for his paper (with Barbara Webster), "Microtubules
and exine wall pattern form in Vigna vexillata
1989 - Jeffrey P. Hill,
University of California, Riverside
For his paper, "Changes in reproductive
development associated with the evolution of self-pollination in Arenaria
1988 - Cynthia S. Jones,
University of California, Berkeley
For her paper, "Positional influences
on leaf development in a wild and cultivated Cucurbita species."