Ashton, D. H. (1927-2005)

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Ashton, D. H.
Ashton, David Hungerford, (OAM, FFRSV) (1927-2005)
Ashton, David Hungerford (1927-2005)
Field of activity
Botanist; Ecologist; Forester
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Biographies

David Ashton was one of Australia's most regarded botanist and a leading authority on the ecology of Australia's mountain ash () forests. He was Associate Professor of Botany at the University of Melbourne until his retirement in 1989.

Throughout his career Ashton studied and documented how forests change over time and how they relied on and respond to bush fires. He also went on to study other plants and ecosystems including alpine regions of Australia and North America, Antarctic vegetation and beech forests in Chile. When not involved in research or lecturing, Ashton worked on many government advisory bodies including the Victorian National Parks Advisory Council and spent much time painting landscapes and writing poetry.

He received many honours and awards including the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), the Ecological Society of Australia award and the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment established the David Ashton award for its staff in his honour.

  • Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Nuffield Travelling Scholar and postdoctoral studies in the United Kingdom
  • Career position - Postdoctoral studies in Germany, France, Canada and the United States of America (Rockefeller Foundation funding)
  • Career position - Lecturer then Senior Lecturer then Associate Professor of Botany at the University of Melbourne
  • Award - Ecological Society of Australia Medal received
  • Award - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Victoria
  • Award - David Ashton Biodiversity Award established in his honour by the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the science of plant ecology in the areas of forest regeneration, conservation and management
  • Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne

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As the forest-conscious author, Arundhati Roy, might have observed, in November 2005 a hole appeared in the universe in the shape of a remarkable ecologist – Dr. David Ashton. Perhaps arcanely guided...

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  • (Corporate Body) School of Botany, The University of Melbourne (1880s - )

    <p>Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the School of Botany, University of Melbourne</p>

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Ashton, David Hungerford
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Vale David Ashton OAM
    Published: The University of Melbourne, 2005
    Series: School of Botany Newsletter, December 2005, 2
  3. Scientist saw forests for more than their trees
    Williams, Dick
    Published: Melbourne, 2005
    Series: The Age, 19
  4. The Study of Australian Eucalypts
    McCarthy, Gavan; Smith, Ailie; Moje, Christine; Rigby, Rebecca
    Published: eScholarship Research Centre, 2013
  5. John Stewart Turner 1908-1991
    Ashton, D. H.; Ducker, S. C.
    Published: 1993
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 9, 3, 278-290
  6. The history of the McCoy Society
    Ashton, David H.
    Published: 2001
    Series: Victorian Naturalist, 118, 321-7
  7. A comparison of some populations of Eucalyptus viminalis Labill. growing on calcareous and acid soils in Victoria, Australia.
    Ladiges, P. Y., and Ashton, D. H.
    Published: 1977
    Series: Australian Journal of Ecology, 2, 2, 161-178
  8. Obituary - D.H. Ashton: David Hungerford Ashton, OAM, FFRSV, 6th July 1927 -22nd November 2005
    Gillbank, Linden
    Published: 2006
    Series: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 118, 9-15
  9. David Hungerford Ashton OAM
    Gillbank, Linden
    Published: 2006
    Series: The Victorian Naturalist, 123, 3, 174-176
  10. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000

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