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Biographical entry Ashton, David Hungerford (1927 - 2005)

OAM, FFRSV

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    Eucalyptus regnans F.Muell. (1871), Mountain Ash, 23 January 2013
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Born
6 July 1927
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
22 November 2005
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Botanist and Ecologist

Summary

David 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.

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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.

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1949 - c. 1951
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1958
Career position - Nuffield Travelling Scholar and postdoctoral studies in the United Kingdom
1959
Career position - Postdoctoral studies in Germany, France, Canada and the United States of America (Rockefeller Foundation funding)
1960 - 1992
Career position - Lecturer then Senior Lecturer then Associate Professor of Botany at the University of Melbourne
1990
Award - Ecological Society of Australia Medal received
1995
Award - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Victoria
1999
Award - David Ashton Biodiversity Award established in his honour by the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment
2001
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
2002
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • 'Vale David Ashton OAM', School of Botany Newsletter, December 2005, The University of Melbourne, 2005, p. 2. Details
  • Ashton, D. H.; Ducker, S. C., 'John Stewart Turner 1908-1991', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 9, no. 3, 1993, pp. 278-290. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9930930278.htm. Details
  • Ashton, David H., 'The history of the McCoy Society', Victorian Naturalist, vol. 118, 2001, pp. 321-7. Details
  • Gillbank, Linden, 'Obituary - D.H. Ashton: David Hungerford Ashton, OAM, FFRSV, 6th July 1927 -22nd November 2005', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, vol. 118, 2006, pp. 9-15. Details
  • Gillbank, Linden, 'David Hungerford Ashton OAM', The Victorian Naturalist, vol. 123, no. 3, 2006, pp. 174-176. Details
  • Ladiges, P. Y., and Ashton, D. H., 'A comparison of some populations of Eucalyptus viminalis Labill. growing on calcareous and acid soils in Victoria, Australia.', Australian Journal of Ecology, vol. 2, no. 2, 1977, pp. 161-178. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Williams, Dick, 'Scientist saw forests for more than their trees', The Age (Melbourne), 26 December 2005, p. 19. Details

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Title
Eucalyptus regnans F.Muell. (1871), Mountain Ash
Type
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Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Note
David Ashton was Australia's leading authority on the ecology of Eucalyptus regnans (Mountain Ash) forests.

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Title
Eucalyptus regnans F.Muell. (1871), Mountain Ash
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

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