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The AEHS Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the David F. Ludwig Memorial Student Travel Award. This scholarship was established to recognize students pursuing research in Ecology and Ecological Sciences. Dr. Ludwig’s passion for science, travel, education, and exploration are the inspiration for this award, and the AEHS Foundation is pleased to do our part to carry on his legacy. This award will be made annually at the beginning of the fall academic semester for travel costs associated with research in the field of ecology, including travel costs to present the resultsor conference attendance to present research or for professional development. Preference will be given to those conducting/presenting research.

Up to $1000 per student will be awarded. Winner(s) will be notified by September 1st. A formal announcement of the winner(s) will be made at the AEHS Foundation Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, & Energy in October.

The Foundation is currently accepting contributions for this scholarship. Please make checks payable to “AEHS Foundation/David Ludwig Scholarship Fund” and mail to AEHS Foundation, 150 Fearing Street, Suite 21, Amherst, MA 01002.
Both undergraduate and graduate students of accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. are eligible for this award for travel costs associated with research in the field of ecology, or conference attendance to present the results of ecology-related research. Activities from September 1, 2017 - August 30, 2018 will be considered for the award.

1. Letter of Application: Applicant should provide a letter clearly identifying their research topic, inspiration for said research, and what he/she hopes it will contribute to the field of ecology. 

2. Letter of Recommendation: A letter from the student’s advisor on the college/university letterhead.

3. Statement of Conference Registration, Research, and/or Travel Costs: Itemized estimates of cost (for example, plane ticket, conference registration, materials, etc.). Please include when the research, event, and/or travel will take place (exact dates if possible though approximate will be accepted). Winners must provide receipts later to receive reimbursement.

All materials may be sent to or mailed to AEHS Foundation Attn: Sierra, 150 Fearing Street Suite 21, Amherst, MA 01002.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 1, 2017 extended to July 14, 2017 for any applicant who sends in any part of the application by July 1.

AWARD DATE:  September 1, 2017

AWARD ADMINISTRATION: Travel and/or conference costs will be reimbursed directly to the student after receipts are received.

AMOUNT: up to $1,000 per student


Dr. David F. Ludwig was a systems ecologist, herpetologist, and naturalist. Dave had particular interest in marine/estuarine ecosystems, invertebrate biology, urban ecology, and risk/impact assessment. He saw ecosystems from tropical forests to Mediterranean deserts, from blue water oceans to swamps to alpine tundras. He turned over rocks from Philadelphia industrial yards to remote fly-in New Mexico highlands. A native of New Jersey, he obtained his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in Marine Ecology from the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, College of William and Mary, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. As an employee of Arcadis for the past 15 years; and Exponent, EA Science & Engineering, and the State of New Jersey before that; Dave traveled throughout the world addressing a wide range of environmental projects and issues.  He taught online and university courses and published numerous scientific articles and books on subjects as diverse as the toxicology of true vipers, the historical ecology of urban ecosystems, innovative environmental assessment methods, and sustainability. For the Association of Environmental Health Sciences (AEHS) Foundation, he served as the Director of Education and Training, sat on the Editorial Board for the Foundation’s journals, and was honored with our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.  Sadly, he lost a hard fought battle with cancer in 2015, and we lost a true friend and colleague. Dave’s passion for science, travel, education, and exploration are the inspiration for this award, and the AEHS Foundation is proud to be a part of carrying on his legacy.

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