THE GRADY L. WEBSTER AWARDS were established in 2006 by Drs. Barbara D. Webster, BSA President (1983), and Susan V. Webster to honor the work of their husband and father, Dr. Grady L. Webster. Dr. Grady Webster was an ASPT President (1982), BSA President (1993), and recipient of both the ASPT Asa Gray Award (2006) and the BSA Merit Award (1997). The American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Botanical Society of America are pleased to join together in honoring Grady.
The Grady L. Webster Award will be a rotating award presented by ASPT and BSA in alternating years. The award will consist of two components, the Grady L. Webster Plant Systematics Publication Award and the Grady L. Webster Structural Botany Publication Award. The Societies will work together to inaugurate and administer the award. The award will be announced in the Plant Science Bulletin, BSA and ASPT websites, in the online ASPT Newsletter, and at the respective Society banquets at the BOTANY 2006 conference. BSA will give the first Grady L. Webster award in 2007 at the BOTANY 2007 conference.
Beginning in 2008, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists will present the Grady L. Webster Plant Systematics Publication Award. The selection committee for the award will be composed of the two most recent ASPT Presidents and 2-3 recent Editors and/or Associate Editors, and the paper selected for the award will illustrate the most significant contribution published in Systematic Botany or Systematic Botany Monographs during the previous two years, consistent with Grady’s own interests and focus in systematics. The first award will be made at the Botany 2008 meetings and will be selected from volumes 31 and 32 of Systematic Botany and those monographs appearing during 2006-2007.
Grady L. Webster Plant Systematics Publication Award Winners:
2008 - Walter S. Judd: Judd, W. S. 2007. Revision of Miconia sect. Chaenopleura (Miconieae, Melastomataceae) in the Greater Antilles. Systematic Botany Monographs 81: 1-235.
2010 - Thomas L. P. Couvreur: Couvreur, T. L. P. 2010. Monograph of the syncarpous African genera Isolona and Monodora (Annonaceae). Systematic Botany Monographs 87: 1-150.
2012 - Plant Taxonomists awarded Elizabeth Zacharias, an expert on saltbushes, and Bruce Baldwin, Elizabeth’s Ph.D. advisor and a leading expert on the flora of California, their Grady Webster Award at the Society’s annual meeting. The award was given for the most outstanding paper published in the Society’s journals Systematic Botany and Systematic Botany Monographs during the two-year period of 2010-2011. Zacharias and Baldwin’s winning paper is Zacharias, Elizabeth H., and Bruce G. Baldwin. 2010. A molecular phylogeny of North American Atripliceae (Chenopodiaceae), with implications for floral and photosynthetic pathway evolution. Systematic Botany 35: 839-857.
The BSA component of the award, the Grady L. Webster Structural Botany Publication Award, will be given in 2007, and henceforth every second year by the BSA. The award recognizes the most outstanding paper published in the American Journal of Botany in the field of structural and developmental botany (i.e., anatomy and morphology) over a two-year period, or a book, monograph and miscellaneous publication of significant importance in the same field.