Murray F. Buell Award

Initiated in 1977, the Murray F. Buell Award is given annually for the outstanding paper presented orally at the Annual Meeting of the Society by an undergraduate or graduate student or a person with a doctorate who has defended their thesis within the previous nine months.

YearFull NameLast NameESA BulletinCitationHonorable Mentions
1977James R. EhleringerEhleringerThe implication of quantum yield on the distribution of C3 and C4 grasses. Abstract not published
1978Paul A. DelcourtDelcourtGoshen Springs, Alabama:  Late Quaternary plant-fossil records for the Gulf Coastal Plain.  ESA Bulletin 59:97.
1979John DaceyDaceyA physical pump circulates air through the yellow waterlily.  ESA Bulletin 60:95.
1980Andrew SihSihOptimal foraging and the need to avoid predators. ESA Bulletin 61:109.
1981Becky J. BrownBrownProductivity and herbivory in high and low diversity tropical successional ecosystems.  ESA Bulletin 62:166.
1982Deanna J. StouderStouderEffects of a severe weather disturbance on the foraging pattern by a guild of five temperate reef surfperches.  ESA Bulletin 63:124-125.
1983Elaine M. BirkBirkNitrogen availability, N cycling and N use efficiency on the Savannah River Plant.  ESA Bulletin 64:93.
1984Stephen R. PalumbiPalumbiEvolution of phenotypic plasticity:  evidence that the jack of all trades is master of none.  ESA Bulletin 65:268.
1985Deborah O. RaphaelRaphaelParent-ramet interconnections: effect on water relations and ramet survival for a desert perennial. ESA Bulletin 66:252.
1986Kate Lajtha Lajtha Biogeochemistry of phosphorus cycling along a calcareous desert soil chronosequence . ESA Bulletin 67:147.Colleen K. Kelly, Christopher F. Sacchi, Sharon Y. Strauss 
1987Sharon Y. Strauss Strauss Effects of herbivory by two different herbivores on the susceptibility of smooth sumac to abiotic factors .  ESA Bulletin 68:424.Susan Mopper, Shahid Naeem
1988Shahid Naeem Naeem Resource-mediated interactions can structure arthropod assemblages in Heliconia wagneriana microcosms.  ESA Bulletin 69:244.Neil Cobb, Michele Holbrook
1989Don R. Levitan Levitan The effect of body size regulation on the population ecology of the sea urchin Diadema antillarum. ESA Bulletin 70(Suppl):181.Martha E. Mather, Robert D. Podolsky
1990Robert B. Jackson Jackson Rapid physiological adjustment of roots to localized soil enrichment.  ESA Bulletin 71(Suppl):200.Pierre O. Berner, Reuven Josef
1991Lisa J. Petit Petit Habitat selection by Prothonotary Warblers: A test of the Fretwell-Lucas models.  ESA Bulletin 72(Suppl):218-219.Erik P. Hemerlynck, Nancy Collins Johnson
1992Sarah E. Hobbie Hobbie Increased temperatures in Alaskan tussock tundra result in enhanced net ecosystem CO2 uptake. ESA Bulletin 73(Suppl):209.Catherine E. Pake, Collette M. St. Mary, Fernando E. Vega
1993M. Denise Dearing Dearing The manipulation of secondary compounds by the North American pika.  ESA Bulletin 74(Suppl):210.Ann L. Herzig , Suzanne E. Worchester, James B. Ferrari
1994Michael J. Childress Childress The ontogenetic habitat shift of juvenile Caribbean spiny lobsters: a test of the growth-mortality trade-off. ESA Bulletin 75(Suppl):36.Milan C. Vavrek
1995Sally D. Hacker Hacker Keystone plants: community consequences of a positive plant interaction.Carla E. Cáceres, Robert E. Espinoza, William T. Pockman
1996Sara C. Hotchkiss Hotchkiss A 29,000-year record of vegetation and fire history from Kohala Mountain, Hawaii.Gary A. Krupnick, Nora C. Underwood
1997Paul GrogonGrogonBelowground CO 2 flux in Alaskan tundra: effects of climate and vegetation type with regional extrapolation.
1997Steven S. Perakis Perakis Nitrogen-starved forest retain tracer-level additions of 15 N.Rebecca Ostertag
1998Valerie T. Eviner Eviner LinkEffects of plant species, elevated CO2, and nutrients on microbial substrate utilization patterns.Anurag A. Agrawal , David A. Boughton
1999Lynn AdlerAdlerLinkAlkaloids increase plant fitness via reduced herbivory and increased pollination.
2000Jennifer KlugKlugLinkInteractions between bacteria and phytoplankton affect algal response to nutrients and dissolved organic matter.
2001Melinda SmithSmithLinkLoss of subordinate species affects productivity of C4-dominated grassland.
2002Jacqueline E. MohanMohanLinkDo evolutionary legacies impact ecosystem functioning? Genetic variation in decomposition responses to atmospheric CO2.
2003James Vonesh Vonesh LinkMulti-predator effects across life-history stages: non-additivity of egg- and larval-stage predation in an African treefrog.Nicholas S. G. Williams
2004Cynthia Hays Hays LinkEcological consequences of gene flow in an intertidal alga.Jennifer Lau , Jason S. McLachlan , Louie H. Yang
2005Sean Menke Menke LinkAbiotic factors control invasion by ants at the community scale.Benjamin Houlton  
2006Carolyn Kurle Kurle LinkIntroduced rats indirectly alter marine communities.Meghan Duffy, Volker H. W. Rudolf, Jennifer L. Williams
2007Note: Award shifted to year after presentation; 2007 paper honored in 2008
2008Charles A. PricePriceLinkAllometric covariation in botanical form and functionMatthew Helmus, Shelly Lachish
2009Elizabeth Mary WolkovichWolkovichLinkInvasive annual grasses enhance native shrubs and their arthropod communities through abiotic soil effects.
2010Divya UmaUmaLinkChemical mediation of prey recognition by spider-hunting wasps.
2011Jennifer M. TalbotTalbotLinkDoes lignin composition control litter decay rates?
2012Ebony MurrellMurrellLinkDo tradeoffs among colonization ability, competitive ability, and predation govern succession in an aquatic insect community?
2013Kate BoersmaBoersmaLinkTop predator extinctions in drying streams modify community structure and ecosystem functioningSophie McCoy
2014No award due to significant technical problems with judging
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