Allan Mere Award for 1995:

Alan Eric Esler (1929–2016)

Alan Esler, Allan Mere recipient for 1995.
Left: Photographed alongside Eric Godley at Cass Field Station in 1979. Photo: © Peter Johnson.
Right: Alan at the launch of his Wild Plants in Auckland book on 29 Nov 2004. Photo: © Ross Beever(?).

“Alan Esler joined Botany Division at Palmerston North in 1969, and soon moved to Auckland to set up and manage the regional station. Over the years he has written many papers on ecology and plant distribution, including major works covering the Manawatu and Auckland districts. As regional botanist, he has ably represented the Division in the most populous area of New Zealand.”

Citation reproduced from the Allan Mere awards book.