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. EhleringerEhleringerLink
1978Paul A. DelcourtDelcourtLink
1979John DaceyDaceyLink
1980Andrew SihSihLink
1981Becky J. BrownBrownLink
1982Deanna J. StouderStouderLink
1983Elaine M. BirkBirkLink
1984Stephen R. PalumbiPalumbiLink
1985Deborah O. RaphaelRaphaelLink
1986Kate Lajtha Lajtha LinkBiogeochemistry 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 LinkEffects 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 LinkResource-mediated interactions can structure arthropod assemblages in Heliconia wagneriana microcosms.  ESA Bulletin 69:244.Neil Cobb, Michele Holbrook
1989Don R. Levitan Levitan LinkThe 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 LinkRapid physiological adjustment of roots to localized soil enrichment.  ESA Bulletin 71(Suppl):200.Pierre O. Berner, Reuven Josef
1991Lisa J. Petit Petit LinkHabitat 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 LinkIncreased 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 LinkThe 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 LinkThe 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 LinkKeystone plants: community consequences of a positive plant interaction.Carla E. Cáceres, Robert E. Espinoza, William T. Pockman
1996Sara C. Hotchkiss Hotchkiss LinkA 29,000-year record of vegetation and fire history from Kohala Mountain, Hawaii.Gary A. Krupnick, Nora C. Underwood
1997Paul GrogonGrogonLinkBelowground CO 2 flux in Alaskan tundra: effects of climate and vegetation type with regional extrapolation.
1997Steven S. Perakis Perakis LinkNitrogen-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
2015Nina LanyLanyTop-down vs. bottom-up is a function of temperature for forest LepidopteraMichael Barber, Dustin Ranglack
2016Cody S. ClementsClementsSeaweeds protect corals from predatory starfish: competitors become accomplices as reefs degrade
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