American Society of Naturalists

A membership society whose goal is to advance and to diffuse knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles so as to enhance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences.

2023 ASN Student Research Award

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Congratulations to the Recipients of the ASN Student Research Awards!

The recipients of the 2023 Student Research Awards are (in no particular order):

  • Krish Sanghvi, University of Oxford, Effects of paternal age, sperm storage duration, and lifespan, on offspring
  • Rachel Prokopius, Florida International University, The influence of pathogen presence on amphibian mate choice and resource allocation
  • Megan Barkdull, Cornell University, The genetic & evolutionary basis of a key ecological innovation: the Cephalotes ant soldier
  • Hengxing Zou, Rice University, Time-dependent effects of plant-microbe interactions
  • Ratna Karatgi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Critical developmental windows for the expression of phenotypic plasticity in fin coloration in bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei)
  • Lydia Wong, University of Ottawa, Determinants of upper-elevation range limits in cavity-nesting bees and wasps
  • Erik Iverson, The University of Texas at Austin, Climatic adaptation and the future of biodiversity through the lens of an avian elevational series
  • Valerie Martin, Utah State University, Microbial mediation of bumblebee foraging tactics via modified flower phenotype
  • Mia Waters, The University of British Columbia, Eco-evolutionary consequences of increasing community diversity for evolutionary rescue
  • Hannah Assour, University of Pittsburgh, Is polyploid plant establishment favored under stressful conditions?

The ASN Student Research Awards support research by student members that advances the goals of the society: the conceptual unification of ecology, evolution, or behavior. Each award consists of a $2,000 check to the candidate. An applicant must be a member of the ASN (membership is international), must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, must have passed to candidacy in a PhD program or equivalent, and must be at least one year from completing the PhD.

Projects in all types of research (i.e., laboratory, field, theory) are encouraged. Proposals are judged on originality, strength, and significance of the questions being addressed, prospects for significant results, and the match between the proposed research and the ASN mission.