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. The model for such a paper is Martin et al (1991), which laid out the case for iron limitation of phytoplankton productivity in the ocean. This award will be given to at most one paper per year. Unlike the Lindeman Award, which recognizes very recent papers (within 2 years) by young investigators, the Martin Award is for papers at least 10 years old.Martin, JH, RM Gordon, and SE Fitzwater. 1991. The case for iron. Limnol. Oceanogr. 36:1793-1802
A nominated paper must be at least 10, but no more than 30 years old. It must be published in English and can be from any area of aquatic sciences. The spirit of the award is such that papers leading to fundamental shifts in research focus or interpretation of a large body of previous observations will be favored. In general, summarizing reviews and methods papers will not be favored.
Nominations must include a copy of the paper and a brief letter of less than 500 words describing its impact. The latter may include a citation analysis, but this is not required. Nominations may be made by any ASLO member, with the exception of the authors, or members of ASLO Executive, Board, or Award Committees.
The award is given to the paper. The lead author will be invited to accept the award and give a plenary talk at the ASLO meeting in the year following its receipt. If the lead author is unavailable, the second author accepts the award and gives the talk. If the lead author chooses, s/he may designate a co-author or the nominator to give the talk.
2016: Jonathan Cole, Nina Caraco, George Kling and Tim Kratz (1994). Carbon Dioxide Supersaturation in the Surface Waters of Lakes. Science 265(5178):1568-1570. View award presentation
2015: Stephen R. Carpenter; James F. Kitchell; James R. Hodgson (1985) Cascading Trophic Interactions and Lake Productivity. BioScience, 35(10):634-639 View award presentation
2014: Li, W. K. W., D. V. Subba Rao, W. G. Harrison, J. C. Smith, J. J. Cullen, B. Irwin, and T. Platt. Autotrophic picoplankton in the tropical ocean. Science. 1983. 219:292-95. View award presentation
2013: Val H. Smith, 1983. Low Nitrogen to Phosphorus Ratios Favor Dominance by Blue-Green Algae in Lake Phytoplankton. Science 221: 669-671. View award presentation
2012: Wanninkhof, R., 1992. Relationship between gas exchange and wind speed over the ocean. J. Geophys. Res. 97, 7373-7381. View award presentation
2011: Øvind Bergh, Knut Yngve Borsheim, Gunnar Bratbak and Mikai Heldal. 1989. High Abundance of viruses found in Aquatic Environments. Nature 340:467-68
2010: M.J.R. Fasham, H.W. Ducklow, and S.M. McKelvie. 1990. A nitrogen-based model of plankton dynamics in the oceanic mixed layer. Journal of Marine Research, 48: 591-639
2009: Koehl, M. A. R., and J. R. Strickler. 1981. Copepod feeding currents: food capture at low Reynolds number. Limnol. Oceanogr. 26: 1062-1073.
2008: Eppley, R. and B. Peterson. 1979. Particulate organic matter flux and planktonic new production in the deep ocean. Nature 282:677-680.
2007: Vannote, R. L., G.W. Minshall, K.W. Cummins, J. R. Sedell and C. E. Cushing. 1980. The river continuum concept. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 37: 130-137.
2006: Azam, F., T. Fenchel, J.G. Field, S. Gray, L.A. Meyer-Reil, and F. Thingstad. 1983. The ecological role of water-column microbes in the sea. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 10:257-263.