Fellow of ASPB Award

Established in 2007, the Fellow of ASPB award may be granted in recognition of distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the Society by current members in areas that include research, education, mentoring, outreach, and professional and public service. Current members of ASPB who have contributed to the Society for at least 10 years are eligible for nomination. Recipients of the Fellow of ASPB honor, which may be granted to no more than 0.2% of the current membership each year, receive a certificate of distinction and a lapel pin.

James Carrington

Jim (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) has made substantial contributions to ASPB and to the plant community at large while performing outstanding research in the area of viral biology and RNA. He served as an editor for The Plant Cell, and is currently serving on ASPB’s Science Policy Committee. Since 2011, he has been President of the Danforth Center, helping the Center raise a large endowment and building strong relationships with neighboring universities, thus providing their graduate students the opportunity to be trained at the Center. James also serves on numerous other editorial boards and scientific committees. His research publications have been cited more than 30,000 times, and in 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Science in recognition of his superb scientific achievements.

Jill Deikman

Jill (Bayer Crop Sciences) works as a scientist and has a long history of contributions to ASPB as well as to other endeavors in the plant community. She currently serves as chair of the Membership Committee and as a member of the ASPB Council. Jill’s guidance of the Membership Committee has been particularly noted for helping expand the reach of ASPB. Previously, Jill served on numerous other ASPB committees. She has also sat on grant panels at USDA, DOE, NSF, and NASA, and has been involved in organizing and chairing scientific meetings. It is notable that some of her research for BASF, and previously for Monsanto, has been published in scientific journals accessible to the public, and she is named on several patents and many patent applications.

Karen Koster

Karen (University of South Dakota) is an internationally recognized expert in the physiology and biophysics of membranes during desiccation, particularly in regard to seed storage and plant freezing stress. Three of her seminal papers published in Plant Physiology that defined the role of soluble sugars and other solutes in desiccation tolerance have received nearly 1,200 citations. Karen has made major contributions in service to ASPB at the Section and National levels during her 34 years of membership in the Society. At the National level, Karen served as ASPB Treasurer from 2012 to 2015 and also served as a member of the Society’s Board of Trustees (2012-2015), Minority Affairs Committee (2004-2007), and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Committee (2011-2012). Karen is actively involved in the leadership of the International Molecular Moss Society (iMOSS) and International Society of Seed Science (ISSS). Karen was also an associate editor of the American Journal of Botany (2013-2018).

Scott Peck

Scott (University of Missouri-Columbia) served as a co-editor of The Plant Cell for 10 years, and has been serving on the editorial boards of several other journals. He has also sat on multiple grant panels in the USA and abroad. He is noted for doing pioneering work in phosphoproteomics, with emphasis on biotic and abiotic stress, particularly in the roots. Scott was elected AAAS Fellow in 2018 in recognition of his contributions to the field of plant-microbe interactions and diseases resistance in plants, with major contributions to proteomics technologies. He has been commended for his interest and success in mentoring students at all levels, and particularly undergraduates.

Doris Wagner

Doris (University of Pennsylvania) pioneered the field of epigenetic regulation of plant development, with specific emphasis on the role of chromatin remodeling. In a series of influential scientific reported in the last two decades, her group has demonstrated the direct role of SWI/SNF complex as well as other elements in regulating key transcription factors specifying shoot and floral development. Doris has served as a monitoring editor for Plant Physiology, Associate Editor for the Arabidopsis Book, and on many other editorial boards, and is currently serving as Editor in Chief of Current Opinion in Plant Biology. She has also served on numerous grant panels and has been involved in organizing multiple conferences. She is known for her mentoring efforts, with one notable project being an advanced undergraduate research course in which students engage in highly sophisticated plant research and even publish their results in prestigious scientific journal such as The Plant Cell.


Eran Pichersky, Chair (2017-2020)
Ed Cahoon (2017-2020)
Neelima Sinha (2018-2021)
Bonnie Bartel (2019-2022)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nominations & Deadlines

The Fellow of ASPB Award will be offered again in 2020. Please check the nominations page in January 2020 to make a nomination.

Past Winners

Richard Dixon
Robert Fischer
Jean Greenberg
Maureen McCann
Neil Olszewski
Neelima Sinha

Joe Keiber
Eran Pichersky
Dan Schachtman
Rick Vierstra
Jim Birchler
Gregg Howe
Clark Lagarias
Ed Cahoon
Dan Szymanski
Maureen Hanson
Rita Varagona
Cathie Martin
Blake Meyers
David Smyth
Anja Geitmann
Dan Kliebenstein

C. Robin Buell
Krishna K. Niyogi
Bijay Singh
MariaElena Zavala

Caren Chang
Keiko Torii

Eduardo Blumwald
Janet Braam
Tuan-Hua David Ho
Norman G. Lewis
Gloria K. Muday
Robert E. Sharp
Christopher Staiger

Raymond Chollet
John Cushman
John Harada
Jeffrey Harper
Sally Mackenzie
Susan Wessler

Judy Callis
Karen Koch
Danny Schnell
Elizabeth Vierling
Eleanore Wurtzel

Bonnie Bartel
Gerald Edwards
Sheila McCormick
Katherine Osteryoung
Linda Walling

Julia Bailey-Serres
Mark Brodl
Alice Cheung
Gloria Coruzzi
Elizabeth Hood
Elliot Myerowitz
A.S.N. Reddy
Stan Roux
Gary Stacey
David Stern

Peter Albersheim
Richard Amasino
Clanton Black
Haans Bohnert
Rebecca Boston
Robert Harza Burris
Nick Carpita
Vicki Chandler
Eric Conn
Roland Douce
Pamela Green
Mary Lou Guerinot
Alan Jones
Robert Last
Peggy G. Lemaux
Carl Leopold
Stephen Long
C. Robertson McClung
John Ohlrogge
Mel Oliver
Federico Sanchez
Lawrence Schrader
Edgar Spalding
Michael Thomashow
Mary Tierney
Carroll Vance
Kathryn VandenBosch
Larry N. Vanderhoef

Dan Bush
Jerry Cohen
Sabeeha Merchant
Jack Preiss

Charles Arntzen
Sally Assmann
Neil Baker
Wendy Boss
John Boyer
Winslow Briggs
Bob Buchanan
Joe Cherry
Maarten Chrispeels
Adrienne Clarke
Robert Cleland
Mary Clutter
Dan Cosgrove
Deborah Delmer
Machi Dilworth
Arthur Galston
Elisabeth Gantt
Robert Goldberg
Mary Helen Goldsmith
Wilhelm Gruissem
Thomas Guilfoyle
Roger Hangarter
Peter Hepler
Ann Hirsch
Thomas K. Hodges
Steven Huber
Andre Jagendorf
Russell Jones
Rich Jorgensen
Kenneth Keegstra
Joe Key
Leon Kochian
Brian Larkins
Christopher Leaver
Sharon Long
William Lucas
William Ogren
Don Ort
Bernard Phinney
Ralph Quatrano
Robert Rabson
Natasha Raikhel
Doug Randall
Clarence “Bud” Ryan
Thomas Sharkey
James Siedow
Chris R. Somerville
L. Andrew Staehelin
Heven Sze
Lincoln Taiz
Tony Trewavas
Masamitsu Wada
Jan Zeevaart