The Aquatic Ecology Section offers four awards:
1. Thomas M. Frost Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
2. Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award
3. Best Student Talk in Aquatic Ecology Award
4. Student Travel Awards

Best Paper Awards (Frost & Exceptional Promise Awards):

Thomas M. Frost Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

The Aquatic Section of the Ecological Society of America is pleased to sponsor the Thomas M. Frost Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.  Thomas M. Frost was the director of the University of Wisconsin Trout Lake Station from 1981 until his death in 2000.  His colleagues will remember him as a dedicated and creative scientist who brought a gentle, caring humanity to our endeavors.  This prize, founded in 2001, honors his commitment to aquatic ecology and to graduate student education.  Graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients (within two years of receiving the Ph.D.*) are both eligible for the Frost Award. The recipient will receive a plaque and a $500 cash prize.

*Note that this deadline will be extended by one year for the birth or adoption of a child or for another  life event (e.g., major illness) that substantially impacted the ability to work.

Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award

Only current graduate students are eligible for the Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award. The recipient will receive a cash prize of $250. This award has been established through a generous gift in honor of limnologist Stuart Neff.

Eligibility and nomination for both Student Research Awards: These awards will be given to scientists in recognition of an outstanding paper resulting from research done as a graduate student. The nominee must be first author of the paper if there is more than one author.  Nominated papers must be published in a peer-reviewed journal and be in the area of aquatic ecology.  The nominee also must be a member in good standing of the ESA Aquatic Section at the time of nomination.  Self-nominations and nominations by colleagues are welcomed.  Applications will be reviewed by the Awards Committee appointed by the Officers of the Aquatic Section. Candidates will be judged based upon the paper’s contribution to the field, including its originality, study design, and impact. At the time of the nomination deadline, the paper must be published and the nominee must be a graduate student or have received the Ph.D. within two years (see additional criteria above).

Nomination packets should include:
1. A copy of the paper
2. A brief letter describing the impact of the paper on the field and stating the date of completion of the degree if the nominee is no longer a student
3. A letter of support from the major professor that also confirms eligibility of the nominee for the award
4. A CV from the nominee

 – DEADLINE: May 15, 2019

Applications should be submitted electronically as pdfs. Send files to the Aquatic Section’s Secretary, Samuel Fey, (feys [at] reed [dot] edu) email, with the subject line “Frost Award_ApplicantLastName” OR “ExceptionalAward_ApplicantLastName”.

Frost Award Recipient

2018- Alyssa Gehman “Host and parasite thermal ecology jointly determine the effect of climate warming on epidemic dynamics”
Citation: Hayes, Vanni, Horgan and Renwick. 2018. PNAS. 115: 744-749.

2017- Alex Strauss “Habitat, predators and host regulate Daphnia through direct and indirect pathways.”
Citation: Strauss, Shocket, Civitello, Hite, Penczykowski, Duffy, Cáceres, Hall. 2016. Ecological Monographs. 86: 393-411.

Past Frost Award Recipients
2016 – Meredith Holgerson, Yale University
“Reconciling the role of terrestrial leaves in pond food webs: a whole ecosystem experiment”
Citation: Holgerson, Post and Skelly, 2016. Ecology 97: 1771-1782.

2015 – Nicole Hayes, Miami University
“Climate and land use interactively affect lake plankton nutrient limitation status”
Citation: Hayes, Vanni, Horgan and Renwick. 2015. Ecology 96: 392-402.

2014 – Ashkaan Fahimipour, University of Florida
“The dynamics of assembling food webs”  Ecology Letters 17: 606-613

2013 – David Civitello, Indiana University
“Parasite consumption and host interference can inhibit disease spread in dense populations” Ecology Letters 16: 626-634

2012 – Travis Ingram, Harvard University
“Intraguild predation drives evolutionary niche shift in threespine stickleback”
Evolution 66: 1819-1832

2011 – James M. Hood, University of Minnesota
“Diet Mixing: Do Animals Integrate Growth or Resources across Temporal Heterogeneity?” American Naturalist 176:651-663

2010 – Evan H. Campbell Grant, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
“Use of multiple dispersal pathways facilitates amphibian persistence in stream networks.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107:6936-6940.

2009 – Jennifer Howeth, University of Texas
“Planktonic dispersal dampens temporal trophic cascades in pond metacommunities.” Ecology Letters 11: 245-257.

2008 – Alison Derry, Queens University
“Adaptive reversals in acid tolerance in copepods from lakes recovering from historical stress.” Ecological Applications 17: 1116-1126.

2007 – Peter McIntyre, Cornell University
“Fish extinctions alter nutrient recycling in tropical freshwaters.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 104(11): 4461-4466

2006 – Wendy Palen
“Impact of UV-B exposure on amphibiam embryos: linking species physiology and oviposition behavior” Proceedings of the Royal Society (B) 272:1227-1234

2005 – James Vonesh
“Complex life cycles and density dependence: assessing the contribution of egg mortality to amphibian declines.” Oecologia 133:325-333

2004 – Thomas Okey
“Macrobenthic colonist guilds and renegades in Monterey Canyon drift algae: partitioning multidimensions.” Ecological Monographs 73:415-440

2003 – Cynthia Kolar
“Ecological predictions and risk assessment for alien fishes in North America.”
Science 298:1233-1236

2002 – Jonathan Shurin
“Dispersal limitation, invasion resistance, and the structure of pond zooplankton communities.”  Ecology 81:3074-3086.

Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award Recipients

2017- Call Symons “Climate constrains lake community and ecosystem responses to introduced predators”.
Citation: Symons, Shurin. 2016. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 283: 20160825.

Past Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award Recipients

2016 – Tanner Williamson, Miami University
“Warming alters coupled carbon and nutrient cycles in experimental streams”
Williamson et al. 2016. Global Change Biology 22: 2152-2164.

2015 – Jacob Zwart, Notre Dame
“Phytoplankton traits predict ecosystem function in a global set of lakes.”
Zwart, Solomon and Jones. 2015. Ecology 96: 2257-2264.

2014 – John Crawford, University of Wisconsin
“Ebullitive methane emissions from oxygenated wetland streams” Global Change Biology 20: 3408-3422.

2013 – Meryl Mims, University of Washington
“Life history theory predicts fish assemblage response to hydrologic regimes” Ecology 93: 35-45.

Best Student Talk in Aquatic Ecology

The Aquatic Ecology Section also gives an award for the best talk in aquatic ecology presented at the annual ESA meeting by a student in the Aquatic Section. The student must apply for the Section’s award by sending an email with the subject line “Best Student Talk” to the Section Secretary, Samuel Fey, (feys [at] reed [dot] edu) stating,

  1. they are a member of the section
  2. they are eligible for the Buell Award

(Note: the student need not have applied for the Buell Award – we will be carrying out the judging separately.) The student also should include or attach a copy of his or her presentation abstract. Applications for the Best Student Talk Award are due May 15, 2018. The recipient will receive a $300 award from the Section.

We also are seeking volunteers to help judge the Best Student Talk Award. Judges will evaluate oral presentations at the 2018 meeting. Please volunteer to serve as a judge (even if you can only judge one talk!) by July 1, 2018, by emailing our section secretary, Samuel Fey, (feys [at] reed [dot] edu).

Best Student Talk Award Recipients

2018: Carolina Guitérrez (Colorado State University). “Aquatic insect functional diversity along canopy coverage, elevation and water temperature gradients in Rocky Mountain streams”.

2017: Chelsea Little (University of Zurich) “Spatio-temporal dynamics of ecosystem fluxes and biodiversity in stream catchments”.

Past Best Student Talk Award Recipients

2016 – Chelsea Little, EAWAG, Best Student Talk, ESA Aquatic Ecology Section

2015 – Allison Barner (Oregon State University)
“Predicting species response to climate change: the role of evolutionary relatedness, environmental distribution, and physiology.”

2014 – Lauren McCarthy (East Carolina University)
“How do differences in species hatching phenology and the presence of predators affect population and ecosystem level properties of aquatic food webs?”

2012 – Kate Boersma (Oregon State University)
“Top predator extinctions in drying streams modify community structure and ecosystem functioning”

2009 – Kristine Grayson (University of Virginia)
“Migrating versus residency in a pond-breeding amphibian: Sex-based trade-offs and environmental influences”

2006 – Meghan Duffy
“Is the enemy of my enemy really my friend? The combined effects of selective predators and virulent parasites on Daphnia populations?

2004 – Wendy Palen
?UV impacts on alpine amphibians: Linking UV tolerance with field exposure?

2003 – Patrick Crumrine
“Examining the role of size structure on intraguild predation in larval odonates”

2002 – Heather Vance-Chalcraft
“Evaluating the prevalence of non-additivity for multiple predator species in aquatic systems”

2001 – Mark Scheuerell
“Effect of incident light on the diel vertical migration of juvenile sockeye salmon in Alaska lakes”

Student Travel Awards

The Aquatic Ecology Section gives a limited number of travel awards to students to offset expenses associated with attending the ESA Annual meeting. The student must be presenting a talk or poster, and must be a member of the Aquatic Ecology section. Travel awards are $300 and will be awarded on a lottery basis. To apply, please provide confirmation of abstract acceptance in an email with the subject line “Travel Award_ApplicantLastName” sent to the Section Secretary, Samuel Fey, (feys [at] reed [dot] edu) no later than May 15, 2018. Requests should be sent in a separate email from other correspondence.