Marsh Ecology Award

1997 - Prof Phil Grime

Professor Philip Grime was awarded the 1997 Marsh Ecology Award for his immense contribution to the science of plant ecology over the past four decades. In the 1960s he was involved in important pioneering research, culminating in his “Atlas of Grassland Plants” with Philip Lloyd. He has developed the science of comparative ecology into a powerful approach to understand ecological situations. In the 1970s he developed two major lines of research, “Plant Strategy Theory” and the “Humpbacked model” to explain the control of diversity in grasslands. In the 1980’s and 1990’s Philip Grime because the leader of UCPE and led this group with great distinction as it is now one of the finest laboratories in plant ecology in the world. Philip has produced a large number of important publications covering the complete spectrum, from both theoretical approaches through to practical conservation and land management ones. He has recently been elected an honorary member of the Ecological Society of America, an honour reserved for very few British ecologists.


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