Michael D. Netherland      

Graduate Student
Research Grant

Student initiatives are among the most important core values of the Aquatic Plant Management Society. At the top of the list of student support programs is the Michael D. Netherland Graduate Student Research Grant(GSRG) offered by APMS in the area of aquatic plant and algae management and ecology. This academic grant is co-sponsored by APMS and the seven regional APMS chapters: Florida, MidSouth, Midwest, Northeast, South Carolina, Texas, and Western.

The APMS GSRG was renamed in 2019 to honor the technical accomplishments and unique character of our friend and colleague, Dr. Michael D. Netherland. Mike had unrivaled passion for the science and practice of aquatic plant management. He trained under some of the discipline’s most productive scientists. He worked in government research, academia, and private industry; providing him a great perspective on partnership and joint success. He studied all aspects of aquatic plant management including diverse collaborations examining basic biology, ecology, and genetics.

Mike published high-impact applied studies including numerous papers in the Journal of Aquatic Plant Management. He was a phenomenal technical resource to public agencies and private management firms around the U.S. and the world. His support and related research led to adoption of many new herbicide use patterns that fundamentally improved control practices in all types of aquatic systems. He directly advised graduate students at the University of Florida, participated on numerous other student advisory committees around the country, and was a mentor for countless young scientists. He served as President of APMS (2014) and Florida APMS (2009). Beyond and above all of that, he was son, husband, father, and great friend.

A Special Tribute to Dr. Netherland

At its 59th Annual Meeting in San Diego in July 2019, APMS offered a special tribute to Dr. Netherland with perspectives from a number of Mike’s long-time colleagues/friends. A video of the full tribute (1h 9m) is available here and ends with the official announcement of the renaming of the APMS Graduate Student Research Grant in honor of Dr. Netherland.

APMS Netherland Tribute July 2019 Speakers

• Dr. Mark Heilman – Director of Aquatic Research, SePRO
APMS President (2019-2020)

• Dr. Jay Ferrell – Director, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, University of Florida
APMS Editor (2013 – 2022)

• Dr. Carole Lembi – Emeritus Professor, Purdue University
Midwest APMS President (1986-1987)

• Dr. Kurt Getsinger – Research Leader, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
APMS President (1996-1997)

• Mr. Jeremy Slade – Business Lead – Aquatics, UPL
APMS Treasurer (2014 – 2020)

• Dr. Tyler Koschnick – Vice President of Sales and Research, SePRO
APMS President (2011-2012)

• Mr. Jeff Schardt – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (retired)
APMS President (2005 – 2006)

• Dr. Ryan Thum – Assistant Professor, Montana State University
APMS Vice President (2019 – 2020)

• Dr. Rob Richardson – Professor, North Carolina State University
APMS President (2015 – 2016)

• Dr. John Madsen – Research Biologist, US Department of Agriculture
APMS President (2016 – 2017)

Michael D. Netherland Graduate Student Research Grant

The $40,000 Michael D. Netherland Graduate Student Research Grant is awarded biannually by the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) for the most qualified proposal submitted. The objective is to provide a grant for a full-time graduate student to conduct research in an area involving aquatic plant management techniques (used alone or integrated with other management approaches) or in aquatic ecology related to the biology or management of regionally or nationally recognized nuisance aquatic vegetation (macrophytes, algae or cyanobacteria).

Solicitation for proposals is open to any full-time faculty member and/or graduate student of an accredited U.S. academic institution. A faculty sponsor must be identified if the application is submitted by a graduate student.Proposals are scored by an eight-member panel consisting of academic judges from APMS and each of the regional chapters. Grants are awarded at the July APMS Annual Meeting.

A total of $450,000 in Graduate Student Research Grants have been awarded since 1999. Whensufficient funds are available, APMS may solicit proposals for additional grants funded exclusively through APMS, without regional chapter contribution (for example, the grant awarded in 2015 to North Carolina State University). APMS may also solicit proposals when entities approach APMS to cost share urgently needed aquatic plant or algae-related research within a specific region (for example:the Starry Stonewort Grant proposal solicitation that was awarded in 2017).

2021 Grant Application
The Michael D. Netherland Graduate Student Research Grant will not be offered for 2021. Stay tuned for more details regarding the next grant cycle.

Following is a list of the Graduate Student Research Grants funded under this program.

Michael D. Netherland Graduate Student Research Grant (Recipient and Year)


Recipient Affiliation Awarded Amount
Mary Bremigan Michigan State University 1999 $34,000
The Indirect Effects of Sonar Application on Lake Food Webs
Katia Englehardt University of Maryland 2001 $40,000
Controlling Non-native Submersed Aquatic Macrophyte Species in Maryland Reservoirs: Plant Competition Mediated by Selective Control
Susan Wilde University of South Carolina 2005 $40,000
Investigating the Role of Invasive Aquatic Plants and Epiphytic Cyanobacteria on Expression of Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy (AVM)
John Madsen and Ryan Wersal Mississippi State University 2007 $60,000
The Seasonal Phenology, Ecology and Management of Parrotfeather [Myriophyllum aquaticum (Vellozo) Verdecourt]
Rob Richardson, Sarah True, and Steve Hoyle North Carolina State University 2010 $40,000
Monoecious Hydrilla: Phenology and Competition
Ryan Thum Grand Valley State University 2012 $40,000
A Quantitative Genetics Approach to Identifying the Genetic Architecture of Herbicide Susceptibility, Tolerance, and Resistance in Hybrid Watermilfoils (Myriophyllum spicatum x sibiricum)
Scott Nissen Colorado State University 2014 $40,000
Exploring the Physiological Basis of 2,4-D Tolerance in Northern Watermilfoil x Eurasian Watermilfoil Hybrids
Rob Richardson North Carolina State University 2015 $40,000*
Aspects of Monoecious Hydrilla Physiology and Response to Herbicide Combination Treatments
Christopher R. Mudge and
Bradley T. Sartain
Louisiana State University 2016 $40,000
Exploring Alternative Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta D.S. Mitchell) Management Strategies
John H. Rodgers, Jr. Clemson University 2017 $60,000**
Evaluation of management options for Nitellopsis obtusa (Desvaux in Loiseleur) J. Groves, (1919) (Starry
Stonewort) in the United States
Ryan A. Thum and Greg M. Chorak Montana State University 2018 $40,000
Identifying Eurasian and Hybrid Watermilfoil Gene Expression Differences in Response to Frequently Used Herbicides for Improved Adaptive Management
Rob Richardson and Jens Beets North Carolina State University 2020 $40,000
Evaluation of Effect of Biotype on Biology and Response to Herbicides of Aquatic Macrophyte Species

*funded exclusively by APMS
**funded equally among APMS, MAPMS, NEAPMS, Lonza, SePRO and UPI