Evamaria Koch Student Travel Award Fund
History of the Evamaria Koch student travel award fund
Instituted in March 2014 after the passing of Professor Evamaria Koch.
Purpose of the Award
To honour Evamaria Koch’s lifelong and broad contributions to the knowledge and stewardship of seagrasses. Evamaria was an internationally respected scientist, a conscientious practicing environmentalist and passionate supporter of mentoring young seagrass scientists. Evamaria mentored a large number of students, masters and PhDs, and always dedicated herself to teaching both in the USA, Zanzibar and Brazil. Evamaria was a supporter of global science initiatives, believing in the need to establish collaboration across countries and continents.
Purpose of the Fund
Evamaria was a longtime supporter, member and contributor of the World Seagrass Association. She participated actively in the governance of WSA, being a founding member of the Association and a Steering Committee member from WSA incorporation in 2002 until her passing in 2014. She always attended meetings and contributed to building the Association to what it is today. To honour her service, the World Seagrass Association will use all funds contributed in memory of her to support student travel to attend biennial ISBWs. Any student, presenting or not presenting, will be eligible to apply for travel assistance to attend any ISBW.
Applications to the Evamaria Koch Student Travel Award will be sought in 2024 and should be made directly to the World Seagrass Association.