This annual award in honor of Raymond L. Lindeman (1915-1942) was first presented in 1987 to recognize an outstanding paper written by a young aquatic scientist. The initial gift to create a fund for the Lindeman award was made in 1986 by Lindeman's colleague in graduate school, Charles B. Reif of Wilkes College, PA, and a subsequent gift from Reif continues to support the award. Lindeman received his Ph.D. in March, 1941 from the University of Minnesota, and began postdoctoral work with G. Evelyn Hutchinson at Yale that September. His career was cut short by his death in April, 1942; he was only 27. The paper for which he is most remembered was published posthumously in 1942 (The trophic-dynamic aspect of ecology, Ecology 23: 399-418). The paper is the result of his thesis work on Cedar C

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