Odum2011The Ecological Society of America presents a variety of awards to worthy recipients each year; chapters and sections have also created recognition opportunities.

This page provides access to historic information on winners of the following awards. For complete information on ESA Awards and how to submit nominations, please visit the main awards page.

  • George Mercer Award, established in 1948, given for the outstanding ecological research paper published within the past two years by a younger researcher
  • Eminent Ecologist Award, given annually since 1953 to a senior ecologist in recognition of an outstanding body of ecological work or of sustained ecological contributions of extraordinary merit
  • Distinguished Service Citation, begun in 1975 to recognize long and distinguished service to the Society, the scientific community, and ecology in the public welfare
  • Murray F. Buell Award, initiated 1977 to recognize the outstanding oral presentation by a student at the annual meeting
  • Robert H. MacArthur Award, established 1983 to honor an ecologist in mid-career for meritorious contributions to research
  • Honorary Membership, since 1985 has honored ecologists from outside North America who have made exceptional contributions to ecology
  • William S. Cooper Award, created in 1985, recognizes outstanding contributors to the fields of geobotany and/or physiographic ecology
  • E. Lucy Braun Award, 1988 on, honors the student who presents the outstanding poster presentation at the annual meeting
  • Corporate Award, beginning in 1988, given to a corporation or business that has demonstrated accomplishments in incorporating sound ecological concepts, knowledge, and/or practices into its planning and operating procedures
  • Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecological Education, since 2000, honors outstanding work in outreach, mentoring, and other ecology education
  • Sustainability Science Award, initiated in 2004, recognizes authors of outstanding recent paper in the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences
  • Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award (formerly the Diversity Award) provides recognition of long-standing contributions of an individual towards increasing the diversity of future ecologists through mentoring, teaching, or outreach.

See also Awards given by Chapters and Sections.

Awards Table

A table of all awards and award winners is available here.


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