Isobel Dickinson Memorial Award

Isobel Adkins Dickinson (1921-1993) was a founding member of the Red Cedar Chapter of the Michigan Botanical Club.  She served as chapter treasurer from 1973 - 1993, chapter secretary from 1989 - 1993 and Director-at-Large from 1980 - 1993.  She is fondly remembered by all, and the loss of her battle with cancer is deeply felt to this day.  This award has been established in her memory. 

The Michigan Botanical Club is now accepting nominations for the best student-authored article that was published in Great Lakes Botanist.  For a student's paper to be considered for the award, the student must first be nominated and meet evaluation criteria.  If you would like to nominate a student,

Final Selection

The final selection will be at the discretion of the Dickinson Award Committee and will typically take place within 6 months of publication of the fourth Issue of a given Volume of The Michigan Botanist.   Announcements and the granting of the award will follow shortly thereafter.   The committee reserves the right to not make the award for any given year.   All decisions of the committee are final.


If you would like to make a donation in support of the Isobel Dickinson Memorial Award, please send it to the treasurer of the Michigan Botanical Club.  The Michigan Botanical Club is fully accepted by the I.R.S. as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt foundation.  Donors can claim a full tax deduction for any contribution.

Isobel Dickinson Memorial Award Recipients

Best Student Paper in The Great Lakes Botanist (formerly The Michigan Botanist)

2019 – Anna K. M. Bowen

Anna K. M. Bowen and J. Dan Skean, Jr. (2018). Vascular Flora and Plant Community Types of the Ott Biological Preserve, Calhoun County, Michigan.  The Great Lakes Botanist 57(3-4):100-149.

2018 – Emily A. Mydlowski

Emily A. Mydlowski and Michael C. Rotter. (2017]). A Note on Mucilage and Herbivore Damage on Brasenia schreberi in a Northern Michigan Lake. The Great Lakes Botanist 56(1-2): 45-51.

2016 – Robert C. Roos

Roos R. C. and T. A. Aschenbach. (2015). The initial effects of community variables on sand prairie restoration: Species establishment and community responses. The Michigan Botanist 54(3-4): 92-123.

2015 – Christopher Bouma and Emily Huizenga

Bouma, C., E. Huizenga, and D. Warners. (2013 [2015]). Assessing a reconciliation ecology approach to suburban landscaping: Biodiversity on a college campus. The Michigan Botanist 52(3-4): 93-104.

2014 – Kelsey Huisman and Alex Graeff

Huisman, K., A. Graeff, and P. J. Laureto. (2012 [2013]). Hybridization dynamics of invasive cattail (Typhaceae) stands at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute: A molecular analysis. The Michigan Botanist 51(3): 89-99.

2012 – Tyler Bassett

Bassett, T. (2011). Annotated checklist of the flora of the Kalamazoo Nature Center with natural community descriptions. The Michigan Botanist 50(2): 41-104.

2011 – Joshua C. Springer

Springer, J. D. and B. D. Parfitt. (2010 [2011]). A checklist of vascular plants of the Lapeer State Game Area, Lapeer County, Michigan, USA. The Michigan Botanist 49(2): 41-72.

2010 – Yarrow Wolfe

Wolfe, Y. and P. A. Palmiotto. (2009 [2011]). The Ram’s Head Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium arietinum): A primer for wtland preservation in the Carney Fen Wetland Complex, Carney, MI. The Michigan Botanist 48(3): 83-93.

2008 – Pamela F. Smith

Smith, P. F. and D. W. Woodland. (2007). Forest composition study of the Great Lakes coastal forest at Warren Dunes State Park, Berrien County, Michigan. The Michigan Botanist 46(2): 33-62.

2007 – Julia L. Angstmann

Angstmann, J. D., P. E. Rothrock, and T. W. Post. (2006 [2007]). The vascular flora and community structure of Little Calumet Headwaters Nature Preserve, Laporte County, Indiana. The Michigan Botanist 45(3): 153-192.

2002 – Daniel C. Laughlin

Warners, D. P. and D. C. Laughlin. (1999 [2002]). Evidence for a species-level distinction of two co-occurring asters: Aster puniceus L. and Aster firmus Nees. The Michigan Botanist 38(2): 19-31.

2002 – Pamela J. Laureto

Laureto, P. J. (1998 [2001]). Vascular flora and plant community types of Seidman Park, Kent County, Michigan. The Michigan Botanist 37(3): 67-89.