Jewett Prize Recipients

Our Jewett Prize Recipients

The Jewett Prize is made possible by the generosity of Prof. James R. Jewett through the James R. Jewett Fund. The Jewett Prize supports researchers studying the biology of flowers and/or fruits.  Preference is given to visiting scholars who plan to utilize the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum.

Wendy Clement

Wendy Clement

2019 Jewett Prize
Associate Professor, The College of New Jersey

Wendy will study floral traits using the living collections of Lonicera (honeysuckles) at the Arnold Arboretum. She is interested in using trait data, such as color, morphology, rewards, and floral scent to describe the evolutionary history of floral form in Lonicera and identify potential instances of shifts in pollination syndrome.

Natalia Pabon Mora

Natalia Pabón-Mora

2018 Jewett Prize
Associate Professor, University of Antioquia in Colombia

Natalia is interested in understanding the evolution of flower and fruit development and the morphological changes driving diversification of flowering plants. At the Arboretum, she will focus on fruit diversity by comparing morphological and anatomical features and transcriptomic data of members of the Rubiaceae with distinct fruit types.

Danilo Fernando

Danilo Fernando

2016 Jewett Prize
Associate Professor at the State University of New York

At the Arboretum, Danilo will focus on the reproductive biology of Actinidia arguta (hardy kiwi), a dioecious species whose flowers are functionally unisexual.

Meri Bond - Magnolia

Adam Roddy

2016 Jewett Prize
Post-doctoral fellow, Yale University

Examining 25 species of basal angiosperms in the Arboretum’s living collections, Adam will measure physiological traits associated with water balance to examine the trade-offs between water transport, water storage, and the ability to maintain turgid and showy flowers.

Ling Guo

2014 Jewett Prize
Curator, Beijing Botanic Garden

Utilizing the Arboretum’s Malus collection, Ling will conduct research to improve the databases and knowledge of ornamental crabapples as a Registration Authority. Her database will focus on the flowers of Malus to improve the understanding of flowering time.

Jorge Lora

2012 Jewett Prize
Post-doctoral Fellow, Experimental Research Stations (CSIC), Spain

Using members of the Arboretum’s Rosaceae collection, Jorge will compare ovule morphology from the earliest stages to maturity as well as the expression pattern of a gene thought to be important in ovule development.

Berberis gilgiana

Bharti Sharma

2012 Jewett Prize
Post-doctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Kramer Lab

Bharti is interested in the evolution of petal identity and development. Capitalizing on the tremendous floral diversity found in the barbarry family (Berberidaceae), she will compare petal development using microscopy and comparative gene expression techniques in Epimedium rubum and Berberis gilgiana.