Manierre Award winners

The endowed Manierre Research Award honors Dr. William Manierre and Anne Manierre for their long support of the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation. As accomplished naturalists in their own right, with an intimate knowledge of the Huron Mts. landscape and biota, the Manierres have provided HMWF researchers with invaluable assistance and insight. Dr. William Manierre’s own studies of the bryophytes, lichens, and vascular plants of the Huron Moutain Club lands account for significant portions of the unusually well-documented biological diversity of the area (see our ‘All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory‘).

The Manierre Award is presented in recognition of a peer-reviewed publication reporting research conducted under the auspices of the Huron Mt. Wildlife Foundation. Since its creation in 2000, recipients include:

2017: Drs. Louise Chavarie, Michigan State University, and Mara Zimmerman, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Chavarie prepared the award paper reporting multi-faceted work on the dimorphic lake trout populations of Rush Lake, a project initiated by Zimmerman a decade ago..

2016: Dr. Evelyn W. Williams, Chicago Botanic Garden, for studies of the ecology and evolutionary relationships of Botrychium ferns: .

2015: Dr. Rose Marie Muzika, University of Missouri, for work, with collaborators, using fire scars on red pine stumps and snags to reconstruct several centuries of fire history for portions of the Huron Mountains.

2014: Dr. Oliver Gailing, Michigan Technological University, for work on the ecological genetics of oak populations of the Huron Mountains

2013: Dr. Robert Fahey, The Morton Arboretum, for an analysis of the dynamics and role of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) in old-growth forests throughout the upper midwest.  The Huron Mountains served as a major research site for this project:

2012: Dr. Kenneth Hinkel, University of Cincinnati and Dr. Frederick Nelson, University of Delaware (now University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee), for long-term work based on an extensive network of microclimate sensors and loggers describing how the diverse terrain of the Huron Mountains interacts with the proximity of Lake Superior to produce variation in microclimate:

2011: Ashley Burtner, Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research, Ann Arbor, MI,  for a paper synthesizing several research approaches and landscape-scale watershed comparisons to assess factors influencing in-stream ecosystem function.

2010: Dr. Randy Kolka, Center for Research on Ecosystem Change, Northern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, for studies of hydrology and ground water along Fisher Creek showing that nearly the entire summer stream-flow originates as snow-melt, suggesting that climate-change-related changes in snowfall patterns could have large consequences for small streams in the region.

2009: Dr. Philip Myers, University of Michigan, and colleagues for their use of the  reference ecosystems of the Huron Mts., along with data-sets from earlier researchers, to document changes in animal communities and to assess hypotheses for causes of those changes:

2008: Dr. Casey J. Huckins, Michigan Technological University, for two papers based on long-term studies of the biology of coaster brook-trout in the Salmon-Trout River:

2007: Dr. Bryant C. Scharenbroch, The Morton Arboretum, for two papers on soil properties — particularly, response to canopy gaps — in old-growth forests.  These are derived from Scharenbroch’s Ph.D. Thesis (University of Wisconsin – Madison) with  James Bockheim:

2003: Dr. Mark F. O’Brien, University of Michigan, for documenting the diversity of dragonflies and damselflies:

2001: Dr. Dana L. Richter, Michitan Technological University, for his survey of blister rust in white pines of the Huron Mts.

  • Richter, D.L. 1998. White pine blister rust in the forests of the Huron Mountain Club, Marquette Co., MI. The Michigan Botanist (1998) 37:91-98.

2000: Dr. Kerry D. Woods, Bennington College, for an analysis of forest community dynamics on permanent plots established at the Huron Mts. in 1962:

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