Raymond L. Lindeman Award

This annual award in honor of Raymond L. Lindeman (1915-1942) was first presented in 1987 to recognize an outstanding paper written by a young aquatic scientist. The initial gift to create a fund for the Lindeman award was made in 1986 by Lindeman's colleague in graduate school, Charles B. Reif of Wilkes College, PA, and a subsequent gift from Reif continues to support the award. Lindeman received his Ph.D. in March, 1941 from the University of Minnesota, and began postdoctoral work with G. Evelyn Hutchinson at Yale that September. His career was cut short by his death in April, 1942; he was only 27. The paper for which he is most remembered was published posthumously in 1942 (The trophic-dynamic aspect of ecology, Ecology 23: 399-418). The paper is the result of his thesis work on Cedar Creek Bog, Minnesota; he already had a draft version completed when he joined Hutchinson's lab. Hutchinson was instrumental in getting the paper accepted for publication (it was initially rejected by reviewers!). This paper has since become the foundation for research on the flow of energy in plant and animal communities. To learn more about Lindeman, read the biography of Lindeman by Bob Sterner in the May 2006 issue of the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin.


This annual award recognizes an outstanding paper dealing with the aquatic sciences. Nominated papers must be written in English and have a journal publication year prior to or within four years of the primary author earning a PhD. The paper must be published in a peer-reviewed journal two years before the award year (e.g., 2022 award will be presented for work published in 2020). The nominee must be first author if there is more than one author. Nominations may be made by any ASLO member, with the exception of the authors, or members of ASLO Executive, Board, or Award Committees. This award is for an individual.


Nominations should include a copy of the paper and a brief letter of less than 500 words describing the impact of the paper on the field.


Richard LaBrie (2024), for LaBrie, R., et al. 2022. Deep ocean microbial communities produce more stable dissolved organic matter through the succession of rare prokaryotes. Science Advances, 8(27), eabn0035. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abn0035. . Read complete citation

Marie-Pier Hébert (2023), for Hébert et al. 2021. Warming winters in lakes: Later ice onset promotes consumer overwintering and shapes springtime planktonic food webs. PNAS 118 (48):  https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.211484011Read complete citation

Mohammad ‘Monir’ Moniruzzaman (2022), for Moniruzzaman, M., Weinheimer, A.R., Martinez-Gutierrez, C.A., Aylward, F.O., 2020. Widespread endogenization of giant viruses shapes genomes of green algae. Nature 588, pp. 141–145. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2924-2Read complete citation  | View award presentation

Ryan Lepak  (2021), for Lepak, R., J. Hoffman, S. Janssen, D. Krabbenhoft, J. Ogorek, J. DeWild, M. Tate, C. Babiarz, R. Yin, E. Murphy, D. Engstrom, and J. Hurley. 2019. Mercury source changes and food web shifts alter contamination signatures of predatory fish from Lake Michigan. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(47): 23600-23608. doi:10.1073/pnas.1907484116.  Read complete citation | View award presentation

Cristina Romera-Castillo  (2020), for Romera-Castillo, C., Pinto, M., Langer, T.M. et al. Dissolved organic carbon leaching from plastics stimulates microbial activity in the ocean. Nature Communications 9, 1430 (2018), doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03798-5. Read complete citation | View award presentation

Andrea Bravo (2019), for Bravo, A. G. et al. 2017. Molecular composition of organic matter controls methylmercury formation in boreal lakes. Nature Communications 8, 9, doi:10.1038/ncomms14255 Read complete citation | View award presentation

Meredith Holgerson (2018), for Holgerson, M.A. and P.A. Raymond. 2016. Large contribution to inland water CO2and CH4 emissions from very small ponds. Nature Geoscience 9: 222-226. Read complete citation | View award presentation

Shawn Devlin (2017), for Devlin, S.P., J. Saarenheimo, J. Syvaranta, and R. I. Jones, 2015, Top consumer abundance influences lake methane efflux, Nature Communications, 6, 8787:1-7, doi:10.1038/ncomms9787. View award presentation

Erin Hotchkiss (2016), for Erin R. Hotchkiss and Robert O. Hall, Jr. 2014. High rates of daytime respiration in three streams: Use of δ18OO2 and O2 to model diel ecosystem metabolism. Limnol. Oceanogr. 59(3):1939-5590. View award presentation

Hilary Close (2015), for Hilary G. Close, Sunita R. Shah, Anitra E. Ingalls, Aaron F. Diefendorf, Eoin L. Brodie, Roberta L. Hansman, Katherine H. Freeman, Lihini I. Aluwihare, and Ann Pearson. Export of submicron particulate organic matter to mesopelagic depth in an oligotrophic gyre. PNAS 110(31):12565–12570. View award presentation

Daniel J. Madigan (2014), for his paper Madigan, D.J., Z. Baumann and N.S. Fisher, Pacific bluefin tuna transport Fukushima-derived radionuclides from Japan to California, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(24):9483-9486. View award presentation

Jillian M. Petersen (2013), for her paper on hydrothermal vent symbioses, Petersen et al. 2011. Hydrogen is an energy source for hydrothermal vent symbioses. Nature 476,176–180. View award presentation

Stuart Jones (2012), for Jones, S.E. and Lennon, J.T. (2010) Dormancy contributes to the maintenance of microbial diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107: 5881-5886 View award presentation

William Durham (2011), for Durham, William M., J.O. Kessler and R. Stocker. 2009. Disruption of vertical motility by shear triggers formation of thin phytoplankton layers. Science 323: 1067-1070. View award presentation

Roman Stocker (2010), for Stocker R., Seymour J. R., Samadani A., Hunt, D. E., and Polz, M. F. 2008. Rapid chemotactic response enables marine bacteria to exploit microscale nutrient patches. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105: 4209-4214 View award presentation

Alexandre Poulain (2009) for Poulain, A.J. et al. Potential for Mercury Reduction by Microbes in the High Arctic, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73(7):2230-2238. View award presentation

Cornelia Wuchter (2008) for Wuchter C., et al. 2006. Archaeal nitrification in the ocean. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 103(33):12317-12322. View award presentation

Kelly M. Dorgan (2007) for Dorgan, K.M., P.A. Jumars, B. Johnson, B.P. Boudreau, and E. Landis. 2005. Burrowing by crack propagation through muddy sediment. Nature 433: 475.

Leigh McCallister (2006), for McCallister, S.L., J.E. Bauer, J.E. Cherrier and H.W. Ducklow. 2004. Assessing sources and ages of organic matter supporting rive and estuarine bacterial production. Limnology and Oceanography, 49: 1687-1702.

Kay D. Bidle (2005), for K.D. Bidle. 2002. Regulation of Oceanic Silicon and Carbon Preservation by Temperature Control on Bacteria. Science 298:1980-1984.

William V. Sobczak (2004), for Sobczak, W.V., J.E. Cloern, A.D. Jassby, and A.Mueller-Solger. 2002. Bioavailability of organic matter in a highly disturbed estuary: The role of detrital and algal resources. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 99:8101-8105. PNAS 2002.

Jules M. Blais (2003), for Blais, J.M., D.W. Schindler, M. Sharp, E. Braekevelt, M. Lafreniere, K. McDonald, D.C.G. Muir, W.M.J. Strachan. 2001. Fluxes of semivolatile organochlorine compounds in Bow Lake, a high-altitude, glacier-fed, subalpine lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Limnology and Oceanography 46:2019-2031.

David M. Post (2002), for Post, D.M., M.L. Pace, and N.G. Hairston Jr. 2000. Ecosystem size determines food-chain length in lakes. Nature 405:1047-1049.

Jennifer Cherrier (2001), for Cherrier, J., Bauer, J.E., Druffel, E.R.M., Coffin, R.B., and Chanton, J.P. 1999. Radiocarbon in marine Bacteria: evidence for the ages of assimilated carbon. Limnology and Oceanography. 44(3): 730-736

Dennis J. McGillicuddy (2000) for McGillicuddy Jr., D.J., A.R. Robinson, D.A. Siegel, H.W. Jannasch, R. Johnson, T.D. Dickey, J. McNeil, A. F. Michaels, and A.H. Knap. 1998. Influence of mesoscale eddies on new production in the Sargasso Sea. Nature; 394, 263-266.

Caceres, Carla E. (1999) for Caceres, C.E. 1997. Temporal variation, dormancy, and coexistence: A field test of the storage effect. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 94:9171-9175.

Kathleen L. Laird (1998) for Laird, K.R., S.C. Fritz, Kirk A. Maasch and B.F. Cumming, 1996. Greater drought intensity and frequency before AD 1200 in the Northern Great Plains, USA. Nature 384:552-554.

Christopher Freeman (1997) for Freeman, C. and M.A. Lock, 1995. The biofilm polysaccharide matrix: A buffer against changing organic substrate supply? Limnol. Oceanogr. 40(2):273-278.

Deborah A. Bronk (1996) for Bronk, D.A., P.M. Glibert and B.B. Ward, 1994. Nitrogen uptake, dissolved organic nitrogen release, and new production. Science 265:1843-1846.

Ulf Riebesell (1995) for Riebesell, U., D.A. Wolf-Gladrow and V. Smetacek, 1993. Carbon dioxide limitation of marine phytoplankton growth rates. Nature 361:249-251.

David C. Smith (1994) for Smith, D.C., M. Simon, A. Alldredge and F. Azam, 1992. Intense hydrolytic enzyme activity on marine aggregates and implications for rapid particle dissolution. Nature 359:139-142.

Sherry L. Schiff (1992) for Schiff, S.L., R. Aravena, S.E. Trumbore and P.J. Dillon, 1990. Dissolved organic carbon cycling in forested watersheds: A carbon isotope approach. Water Resources Res. 26:2949-2957.

John R. Reinfelder (1993) for Reinfelder, J.R. and N.S. Fisher, 1991. The assimilation of elements ingested by marine copepods. Science 251:794-796.

Bart T. De Stasio, Jr. (1991) for De Stasio, B.T. Jr. 1989. The seed bank of a freshwater crustacean: Copepodology for the plant ecologist. Ecology 70:1377-1389.

James J. Elser (1990) for Elser, J.J., M.M. Elser, N.A. MacKay and S. R. Carpenter, 1988. Zooplankton-mediated transitions between N- and P-limited algal growth. Limnol. Oceanogr. 33:1-14.

Cabell S. Davis III (1989) for Davis, C.S., 1987. Components of the zooplankton production cycle in the temperate ocean J. Mar. Res. 45:947-983.

Marlon R. Lewis (1988), for Lewis, M.R., W.G. Harrison, N.S. Oakey, D. Hebert, and T. Platt, 1986. Vertical Nitrate fluxes in the oligotrophic ocean. Science 234:870-873.

James W. Ammerman (1987) for Ammerman, J.W. and F. Azam, 1985. Bacterial 5'-nucleotidase in aquatic ecosystems: A novel mechanism of phosphorus regeneration. Science 227:1338-1340.

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