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Tansley Medal 2015 winner

The winner of the 2015 Tansley Medal for Excellence in Plant Science is Dr Alexander Jones of the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, UK. Alexander's Tansley insight is titled ‘A new look at stress: abscisic acid patterns and dynamics at high-resolution’. The judging panel was comprised of Prof. Amy Austin, Prof. Liam Dolan, Prof. Alistair Hetherington, Prof. Elena Kramer, and Prof. Natalia Requena.


The quality of finalists this year was very high and eight individuals were shortlisted. The seven runners-up, and their respective Tansley insights are listed below:



The finalists’ Tansley insights are currently published online via Early View, and will be included in an issue early in the new year.


The New Phytologist Tansley Medal is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution to research in plant science by an individual in the early stages of their career (including students and any researcher with up to five years’ experience since gaining/defending their PhD). The winner recives a prize of £2000 (GBP) and authors a short review, published in New Phytologist, accompanied by an Editorial.


The deadline for the 2016 Tansley Medal has now passed. Details of the 2017 competition will be announced in due course.


Please contact us for further information or read the selection procedure, rules and list of past winners.

2014 Tansley Medal

The winner of the 2014 Tansley Medal for Excellence in Plant Science is Dr William R. L. Anderegg of Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA whose Minireview is titled ‘Spatial and temporal variation in plant hydraulic traits and their relevance for climate change impacts on vegetation'.

William’s Minireview was published in Vol. 205 Issue 3 of New Phytologist along with all of the shortlisted competition articles and an accompanying Editorial by Sarah Lennon, Managing Editor, New Phytologist and Liam Dolan, Section and Tansley review Editor, New Phytologist.

See also the interview with the 2014 Tansley Medal winner William Anderegg.