Initiated in 2004, the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America recognizes the authors of the peer reviewed paper published in the past five years that makes the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences. One of the most pressing challenges facing humanity is the sustainability of important ecological, social and cultural processes in the face of changes in the forces that shape ecosystems and regions. Unprecedented directional changes in climate, human population, technology and social and economic institutions alter the structure and functioning of current ecological and social systems. The Sustainability Science Award recognizes the role that science can contribute to addressing these challenges.
|2004||Link||Catastrophic shifts in ecosystems. Nature 413:591-596.||Marten Scheffer; Steve Carpenter; Jonathan Foley; Carl Folke; Brian Walker|
|2005||Link||The struggle to govern the commons. Science 302:1907-1912.||Thomas Dietz; Elinor Ostrom; Paul Stern|
|2006||Link||Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 2005. Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Synthesis. Island Press, Washington.||Millennium Assessment Team|
|2007||Link||The ecology and evolutionary history of an emergent disease: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. BioScience 52:989-998||Terry Yates; J. N. Mills; C. A. Parmenter; T. G. Ksiazek; R. R. Parmenter; J. R. VandeCastle; C. H. Calisher; S. T. Nichol; K. D. Abbott; J. C. Young; M. L. Morrison; B. J. Beaty; J. L. Dunnum; R. J. Baker; J. Salazar-Bravo; C. J. Peters|
|2008||Link||Policy strategies to address sustainability of Alaskan boreal forests in response to a directionally changing climate. PNAS 103:16637-16643.||F. Stuart Chapin III; Amy L. Lovecraft; Erika S. Zavaleta; Joanna Nelson; Martin D. Robards; Gary P. Kofinas; Sarah F. Trainor; Garry D. Peterson; Henry P. Huntington; Rosamond L. Naylor|
|2009||Link||Land change science special feature. PNAS 104:20666-20701.||B. L. Turner II; Eric F. Lambin; Anette Reenberg; Elena G. Irwin; Nancy E. Bockstael; Steven M. Manson; Tom Evans; Sandra Díaz; Sandra Lavorel; Francesco de Bello; Fabien Quétier; Karl Grigulis; T. Matthew Robson; D. Mark Stafford Smith; Greg M. McKeon; Ian W. Watson; Beverley K. Henry; Grant S. Stone; Wayne B. Hall; S. Mark Howden; Deborah Lawrence; Paolo D'Odorico; Lucy Diekmann; Marcia DeLonge; Rishiraj Das; James Eaton|
|2010||Link||Preventing the collapse of the Baltic cod stock through an ecosystem-based management approach. PNAS 106:14722-14727||Martin Lindegren; Christian Möllmann; Anders Nielsen; Nils C. Stenseth|
|2011||Link||Rebuilding global fisheries. Science 325:578–585||Boris Worm; R. Hilborn; J. K. Baum; T. A. Branch; J. S. Collie; C. Costello; M. J. Fogarty; E. A. Fulton; J. A. Hutchings; S. Jennings; O. P. Jensen; H. K. Lotze; P. M. Mace; T. R. McClanahan; C. Minto; S. R. Palumbi; A. M. Parma; D. Ricard; A. A. Rosenberg; R. Watson; D. Zeller|
|2012||Link||Evolution of models to support community and policy action with science: Balancing pastoral livelihoods and wildlife conservation in savannas of East Africa. (2009) in PNAS||R. S. Reid; D. Nkedianye; M. Y. Said; D. Kaelo; M. Neselle; O. Makui; L. Onetu; S. Kiruswa; N. Ole Kamuaro; P. Kristjanson; J. Ogutu; S. B. BurnSilver; M. J. Goldman; R. B. Boone; K. A. Galvin; N. M. Dickson; W. C. Clark|
|2013||Link||Seeds of sustainability: Lessons from the birthplace of the green revolution. (book)||Pamela Matson|
|2014||Link||Sacred Ecology. Routledge; 2012||Fikret Berkes|
|2016||Aligning restoration science and the law to sustain ecological infrastructure for the future. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13: 512–519 (2015)||Margaret A. Palmer, J.B. Ruhl|
Initiated in 2015, the Innovation in Sustainability Science Award is given to the authors of a peer-reviewed paper published in the past five years that exemplifies leading-edge work on solution pathways to sustainability challenges. The award recognizes that the application of sustainability science is enabled by linking ecological science with advances in other biophysical disciplines, engineering, the social sciences (e.g., economics, anthropology, public policy, governance), and other fields. The award recognizes higher risk ideas that are yet to be fully tested but hold great promise for achieving a sustainable world.
|2016||Future of our coasts: The potential for natural and hybrid infrastructure to enhance the resilience of our coastal communities, economies and ecosystems. Environmental Science & Policy 51: 137–148 (2015)||Ariana E. Sutton-Grier, Kateryna Wowk, Holly A. Bamford|