Ashton Award Recipients

Ashton Award Recipients

The Ashton Award for Student Research supports investigations by graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on Asian tropical forest biology. The award is made possible by the generosity of Professor Peter Ashton and his wife Mary Ashton through the Peter and Mary Ashton Training Fund.


Nalaka Geekiyanage Nalaka Geekiyanage is a PhD student at Kyoto University in Japan. The Ashton Award will support his research at the Pasoh Field Research Station in Malaysia where he will focus on the response of seedlings to drought in various species from two different soil types.


janice5sq Janice Chan is a PhD student in the Moorcroft Lab at Harvard University. She is studying the relationship between plant functional traits and plant biodiversity on the composition of diverse forests. Her research will be conducted at the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) site of Bukit Timah in Singapore.


HaN Ha Thanh Nguyen is a PhD student in the Hutyra Lab at Boston University. She is studying the impact of logging in peat swamp forests in Borneo and how this has affected the ecology of Shorea Albida. Ha’s research spatially overlaps with Professor Ashton’s previous work in Borneo.