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.

Harikrishnan Venugopalan Nair Radhamoni

Harikrishnan V. N. Radhamoni

2019 Ashton Award
PhD Candidate, Yale University

Hari will study the variation in herbaceous plant diversity along a rainfall gradient in seasonally dry tropical forest in India. This study will help make predictions on the response to environmental change. The Ashton Award will support his research in Western Ghats, India.

Aidan Short

Aidan Short

2019 Ashton Award
PhD Student, Guangxi University, China

Aidan will investigate the abiotic conditions that limit the geographical distribution of mangroves to tropical and subtropical environments and the adaptations that differentiate these tree species, specifically the tropical Kandelia candel and subtropical Kandelia obovata. Understanding the differences will enable more accurate predictions of how natural mangrove populations will respond to rising annual minimum temperatures. The Ashton Award will support his research in China and Malaysia.

Krittika Petprakob

Krittika Petprakob

2018 Ashton Award
PhD Student, University of Maryland

Droughts are predicted to increase in frequency and intensity in tropical regions. Krittika quantifies the variation in drought response in trees to understand the impact of climate change on tropical forests. The Ashton Award will support her research in Thailand.

Robin Hayward

Robin Hayward

2018 Ashton Award
PhD Student, University of Stirling, Scotland

With the prevalence of logging in tropical forests, Robin is interested in understanding the recovery of the plant community after logging and the long term impacts on the forest ecosystem. The Ashton Award will support his research in Malaysia.

Agusti Randi

Agusti Randi

2017 Ashton Award
Master’s Student, Bagor Agricultural University, Indonesia

Randi focuses on the taxonomy, ecology and conservation of wild palms (Genus Pinanga). The Ashton Award will support his research in Indonesian Borneo.

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Stephanie Schmiege

2017 Ashton Award
PhD Student, Columbia University

Stephanie focuses on the mechanisms driving the response of conifers to stressful environmental conditions, particularly drought caused by climate change. The Ashton Award will support her research in Vietnam.

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Meghna Krishnadas

2016 Ashton Award
PhD candidate, Yale University

Meghna focuses on the mechanisms driving tree diversity loss in disturbed tropical forests. The Ashton Award will support her research in the Western Ghats, India.

Nalaka Geekiyanage

Nalaka Geekiyanage

2015 Ashton Award
PhD Candidate, Kyoto University, Japan

The Ashton Award will support Nalaka’s research at the Nonggang National Nature Reserve in southwestern China where he will focus on the drought response of tropical trees at different topological levels.

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Janice Chan

2014 Ashton Award
PhD candidate, Harvard University, Moorcroft Lab

Janice 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.

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Ha Thanh Nguyen

2013 Ashton Award
PhD Candidate, Boston University, Hutyra Lab

Ha 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.