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Ashton, David Hungerford (1927 - 2005)

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Born: 6 July 1927  Victoria, Australia.  Died: 22 November 2005  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
David Hungerford Ashton was one of Australia's most regarded botanist and a leading authority on the ecology of Australia’s mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) forests. He was Associate Professor of Botany at the University of Melbourne until his retirement in 1989, which ended a fifty year association with the Department. 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.

Career Highlights

1949 - c. 1951Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1958Nuffield Travelling Scholar and postdoctoral studies in the United Kingdom
1959Postdoctoral studies in Germany, France, Canada and the United States of America (Rockefeller Foundation funding)
1960 - 1989Lecturer then Senior Lecturer then Associate Professor of Botany at the University of Melbourne
1990Ecological Society of Australia Medal received
1999David Ashton Biodiversity Award established in his honour by the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment
2001Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) received
2002Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne

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Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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