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.

2018

Krittika Petprakob Krittika Petprakob is a PhD Student at the 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 is a PhD Student at the University of Stirling in 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.

2017

Agusti Randi Agusti Randi is a Master’s Student at Bagor Agricultural University, Indonesia. His research focuses on the taxonomy, ecology and conservation of wild palms (Genus Pinanga). The Ashton Award will support his research in Indonesian Borneo.
S-Schmiege Stephanie Schmiege is a PhD Student at 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.

2016

korean rhododendron Meghna Krishnadas is a PhD candidate from Yale University. Her research focuses on the mechanisms driving tree diversity loss in disturbed tropical forests. The Ashton Award will support her research in the Western Ghats, India.

2015

Nalaka Geekiyanage Nalaka Geekiyanage is a PhD candidate at Kyoto University in Japan. The Ashton Award will support his 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.

2014

janice5sq Janice Chan is a PhD candidate 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.

2013

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.