This periodic award was initiated in 1993, to recognize members who have displayed exceptional efforts that support the professional goals and enhance the stature of ASLO. In 2009, the award is given to Paul Kemp and Susana Feng, For creating, maintaining, and enhancing the ubiquitous web presence of ASLO; for launching and building L&O: Methods into a respected journal; and for their extensive, unremunerated contributions to the modern face and function of ASLO.
John Martin Award
The John Martin Award, established in 2005, recognizes a paper in aquatic sciences that is judged to have had a high impact on subsequent research in the field, and was published at least 10 years earlier. In 2009, the award recognizes Koehl, M. A. R., and J. R. Strickler. 1981. Copepod feeding currents: food capture at low Reynolds number. Limnol. Oceanogr. 26: 1062-1073. This paper demonstrated that the best way to understand copepod feeding was by combining careful observations using high-speed movies and the application of basic physical scaling using the Reynolds number. In contrast to previous ideas, Koehl and Strickler showed that complex movements of a suite of appendages were required to move whole parcels of water, with embedded particles, around and through the second maxilla. This paper showed that copepods are capable of sophisticated behaviors for concentrating food from the dilute pelagic environment, and that simple physical principles can help explain these behaviors. The award was accepted by Mimi Koehl.