August 10, 2017

Award Winners

2017 Ecology Letters and ESA Early Career Section Outstanding Paper Award:

Julie Messier

Bio: I am an empirical plant ecologist interested in the causes and consequences of trait variation and integration across biological scales (from within individuals to among communities). My research aims to uncover general principles governing patterns of phenotypic diversity. I am broadly interested in questions at the intersection of the topics of plant physiology, scaling, functional straits, complexity, phenotypic integration and community ecology.

One of my pet interests is to tests implicit and explicit assumptions of the trait-based approach. My research has led me to conclude that considering individual variation, phenotypic complexity and the scale dependence of patterns and processes is key to moving trait-based ecology forward.

Outstanding paper: “How do traits vary across ecological scales? A case for trait-based ecology”