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.

Beronda Montgomery

Beronda Montgomery, a professor at Michigan State University, works on understanding how photosynthetic organisms adapt to their environment. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, is an MSU Foundation Professor, and elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (ASM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Beronda was recently recognized as one of 100 Inspiring Black Scientists in America. As exemplified in her book entitled Lessons from Plants, Beronda is unique among ASPB members in the way she uses plant biology for the betterment of underserved individuals, and society at large. Beronda currently serves as a Reviewing Editor for The Plant Cell, and she is also a member of the Steering Committee for the ASPB Forward initiative.

Stacey Harmer

Stacey Harmer, Professor at the University of California, Davis, is an internationally recognized leader in molecular mechanisms regulating circadian rhythms. She received the College of Biological Sciences research award, was a Chancellor’s Fellow, and elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She serves as monitoring editor for Plant Physiology and was a member of the ASPB Program Committee from 2017-2020. She is elected ASPB secretary, currently serving the first year of this 4-year term. While Secretary, she will be the Chair of the Program Committee and a member of the ASPB Board of Directors. Stacey has been an inspiration and mentor to many students and postdocs, and mentors female scientists in the UC Davis Women in Science and Engineering program.

Robert Ferl

Robert J. Ferl, Distinguished Professor and Assistant Vice President for Research at the University of Florida, was an early pioneer in plant molecular biology. His focus on the environmental regulation of gene activity in plants became pioneering work on plants in space flight, over 200 publications and patents, and recognition by NASA with the Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal. A fellow of multiple scientific societies, he has taken important leadership positions in American science, chaired National Academy studies, and written well-received textbooks. In addition to multiple teaching awards, he has mentored a large group of postdocs and students and had a unique impact on Space Biology in ASPB through his educational materials and presentations from his team at Southern Section and National Plant Biology annual meetings.

Kent Chapman

Kent Chapman is currently the Regents Professor and Director of the BioDiscovery Institute at the University of North Texas. He has served ASBP in multiple capacities, including serving on the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors and has served in multiple leadership positions for the Southern Section of the ASPB. Kent is currently a reviewing editor for The Plant Cell and has contributed to the large scientific community in significant ways, perhaps most notably as a rotating Program Director of the Division of Integrative and Organismal Systems at the NSF. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of lipid research in plants, and is well known for his pioneering studies on N-acylethanolamines, lipid droplet formation, and MALDI imaging for the study of lipid metabolism.

Marisa Otegui

Marisa Otegui is a Professor in the Department of Biology and the Center for Quantitative Cell Imaging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Marisa is internationally recognized for her creative combinations of genetic, biochemical, and state-of-the-art imaging approaches to elucidate the plant endomembrane system. In addition to being a highly accomplished plant cell biologist, she is an exceptionally energetic and dedicated member of the ASPB and larger plant science community.

Neelima Sinha, Chair (2018-2023)
Bonnie Bartel (2019-2022)
Julia Frugoli (2020-2023)
Joe Kieber (2020-2023)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison