Ecological Society of America

Awards: Chapter & Section Awards [general policies] | ESA Awards

Education and Human Resources Committee » Diversity Award

The Education and Human Resources Committee of the Ecological Society of America established the EHRC Diversity Award to be given annually in recognition of long-standing contributions of an individual towards increasing the diversity of future ecologists through mentoring, teaching, or outreach.

Year Full Name Paper Title
2010 Lawren Sack

Southeastern Chapter » Eugene P. Odum Award

The Southeastern Chapter of the Ecological Society of America established the Eugene P. Odum Award to encourage excellence in research by young ecologists. It is awarded to the undergraduate or graduate student judged to have presented the best paper on an ecological topic at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists.

Year Full Name Paper Title
2010 Steven J. Price (co-authored with Michael E. Dorcas and Robert A. Browne) Stage - and species-specific responses of stream salamanders to urbanization
2010 Wade Wall (co-authored by N. Douglas. Q. Xiang, W. Hoffman, T. Wentworth, J. Gray, and M. Hofmann) No evidence for southern refugium during the latter Pleistocene in Pyxidanthera barbulata
2009 Marc A. Milne

Honorable mention: Charlotte K. Steelman, Nathan V. Whelan.
The effectiveness of the attractionmechanisms of the purple pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpurea, at attracting prey and residents. Southeastern Biology 56(3)
2008 Tracey D. Tuberville (with Terry M. Norton, Travis C. Glenn and Bradley J. Waffa, co-authors).

Honorable mention: Nicole M. Hughes, Shannon Pittman
Mating system in a gopher tortoise population established through multiple translocations: apparent advantage of prior residence.
2007 Sarah E. Marcinko

Honorable mention: Bryan S. Marbert, Daniel B. Stover, Christopher T. Winne
Conservation implications of breeding systems, floral phenology, and sexual expression in the federally endangered Ptilimnium nodosum (Apiaceae).
2006 Daniel Johnson Effects of cloud emersion on understory light environment and photosynthesis in the southern Appalachian Mountains
2005 Krista Noel Intrinsic versus extrinsic causes of low hatching success of gopher tortoise ( Gopherus polyphemus ) eggs in south Mississippi. Southeastern Biologist 52(2).
2005 Sarah Johnson The effects of competition on the threatened dune annual, Amaranthus pumilus Raf. (Amaranthaceae). Southeastern Biologist 52(2).
2004 Nicole M. Huges Functional role of anthocyanins in high light winter leaves of the evergreen herb, Galax urceolata . Southeastern Biologist 51(2).
2004 Christiopher Winne Daily activity patterns of whiptail lizards (Squamata: Teiidae: Aspidoscelis ): a proximate response to environmental conditions or an endogenous rhythm? Southeastern Biologist 51(2).
2003 Stephanie B. Jeffries How do short rotations and intensive management affect plant communities in a loblolly pine ( Pinus taeda ) plantation? Southeastern Biologist 50(2):168.
2002 Jason S. Riddle Short-term effects of wildfire on breeding bird communities in southern Appalachian old-growth/pre-settlement forests. Southeastern Biologist 49(2):222.
2001 Lynsey Rowland Peterson Spread of metals through an invertebrate food chain as influenced by a nickel-hyperaccumulating plant, Alyssum pintodasilvae . Southeastern Biologist 48(2):136.
2000 Ken Fortino Crayfish distributions and predatory fish: Is there a connection. ASB Bulletin 47(2):150.
2000 Karen Geissinger Grazing influences on species diversity and net primary production in a southern Appalachian wet meadow. ASB Bulletin 47(2):211.
1999 Travis J. Ryan

Honorable mention: Rebecca L. Brown
Growth, metamorphosis, and maturation in a salamander ( Ambystoma talpoideum ) with a life cycle polymorphism. ASB Bulletin 46:148.
1998 Andrew Bridges Temporal variation in anuran calling behavior: implications for calling surveys and population assessment. ASB Bulletin 45:136.
1997 Samara I. Hamzé The distribution of seedlings of the Great Lakes endemic Cirsium pitcheri. ASB Bulletin 44:126.
1996 Jonathan L. Horton. The photosynthetic responses of Microstegium vimineum , a C4, shade-adapted grass, to variable light environments. ASB Bulletin 43:109.
1995 John N. Young The genetic architecture and ecology of cliffside northern white cedar ( Thuja occidentalis L.) from its southern disjunct range. ASB Bulletin 42:120-121.
1994 Christine E. Conn

Honorable mention: Anne Maglia
Nitrogen dynamics of root decomposition in response to nitrogen availability gradients. ASB Bulletin 41:95-96.
1993 C. Neal Stewart, Jr.

Honorable mention: Rebecca Yeomans
Phylogeny of cranberry ( Vaccinium macrocarpon ) populations from random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) data. ASB Bulletin 40:149.
1992 Robert U. Fisher, Jr. The effects of acute and chronic perturbation from a nuclear production reactor on bluegill morphology. ASB Bulletin 39:69-70.
1991 Scott Franklin Ordination of compositionally stable communitites of Land Between the Lakes, KY and TN. ASB Bulletin 38:116.
1990 Anton D. Tucker Natural selection for random nest distribution in leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. ASB Bulletin 37:79-80.
1989 Steven B. Broyles Inflorescence size and reproductive success in milkweeds: evidence against the pollen donation hypothesis. ASB Bulletin 36:123
1988 Carolyn J. Wilczynski Small-scale disturbance and seedling dynamics of two species of Hieracium in an old field. ASB Bulletin 35:78.
1987 Robyne R. Lau The effect of integration on the water relations and survivorship of a clonal understory herb. ASB Bulletin 34:106.
1986 Gary P. Shaffer Extracting information from ecosystems containing high spatial and temporal variability: benthic microfloral productivity. ASB Bulletin 33:89.
1985 Marina C. Jonanovich Effects of body lipids, carbohydrates and temperature on uptake and depuration of anthracene by the clam, Rangia cuneata, in Mobile Bay, Alabama. ASB Bulletin 32:50.

Southeastern Chapter » Quarterman-Keever Award [policies]

The Southeastern Chapter of ESA presents this award annually to encourage excellence in research by young ecologists. The award is given to the student (from those who have applied) judged to have presented the best poster on a clearly ecological topic at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists.

Year Full Name Paper Title
2010 Whitney Ruppel (co-authored by John J Hutchens. Jr. and Vladislav Gills) Relationship between macroinvertebrate assemblage structure and ecosystem function in two Coastal Plain blackwater streams
2009 Devynn A. Birx-Raybuck Landscape-scale factors influence use of urban retention ponds by breeding anurans. Southeastern Biology 56(3).
2008 Nicole M. Hughes (with Kent Burkey, Keith Reinhardt and William Smith, co-authors) Red and green coloration in winter leaves: why do some evergreen species synthesize anthocyanins while others don't?
2007 Harold W. Keller and Joseph S. Ely
Role of bark characteristics and epiphyte cover in the abundance, distribution, and succession of corticolous myxomycetes (true slime molds).
2006 Angela Scarborough Tree canopy myxomycetes patterns and distributions
2005 Joy Hester Effects of relocation on movements and home ranges of eastern box turtles ( Terrapene carolina ). Southeastern Biologist 52(2).
2005 Melinda D. Roberts The influence of water relations on the response of cutleaf coneflower to ozone. Southeastern Biologist 52(2).

Agroecology Award » Student Presentation Awards


Year Full Name Paper Title
2008 First place: Ben Werling
Second place
: Lei Cheng

Third place
: Megan O'Rourke

Honorable mention
: Hannah Gaines

Honorable mention: Meagan Schipanski
Influence of off-crop natural areas on predation of crop pests in an annual crop at local and landscape scale

Atmospheric CO2 enrichment facilitates cation losses from rice paddy soils

Linking habitat heterogeneity and insect dynamics at multiple spatial scales

Influence of non-crop habitat on weed seed predation within potato crops

Managing biological nitrogen fixation in cash grain agroecosystems

Aquatic Section » Tom Frost Award

The Thomas M. Frost Award for Excellence in Graduate Research is presented by The Aquatic Section annually to a scientist in recognition of an outstanding paper resulting from research done as a graduate student. 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. 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 ESA's Aquatic Section at the time of nomination.

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 award, founded in 2001, honors Tom's commitments to aquatic ecology and to graduate student education.

Year Full Name Paper Title
2008 Alison Derry Adaptive reversals in acid tolerance in copepods from lakes recovering from historical stress.Ecological Applications 17: 1116-1126.
2007 Peter McIntyre 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), (Co-authors Craig Williamson, Aaron Clauser, and Daniel Schindler).
2005 James Vonesh Complex life cycles and density dependence: assessing the contribution of egg mortality to amphibian declines published in Oecologia (133: 325-333).
2004 Thomas A. Okey Macrobenthic colonist guilds and renegades in Monterey Canyon drift algae: partitioning multidimensions (Ecological Monographs 73[3]: 415-440).
2003 Cynthia S. Kolar Ecological predictions and risk assessment for alien fishes in North America. Science 298: 1233-1236.
2002 Jonathan B. Shurin Dispersal limitation, invasion resistance, and the structure of pond zooplankton communities. 2000. Ecology 81: 3062-3086.

Aquatic Section » Student Paper Award

The Aquatic Ecology Section presents this award to recognize the best student presentation in Aquatic Ecology at the annual meeting of the Society.

Year Full Name Paper Title
2009 Kristine Grayson 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 and was co-authored by Daniel Schindler, Aaron Clauser, and Craig Williamson.
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 Scheurell Effect of incident light on the diel vertical migration of juvenile sockeye salmon in Alaska lakes.

Biogeosciences Section » Elizabeth Sulzman Award

The Elizabeth Sulzman Award recognizes a current graduate student (must still be in graduate school in August of the current year)

Year Full Name Paper Title
2010 Philip Taylor for Taylor, P. T. and A.R. Townsend Stoichiometric controls over carbon-nitrate relationships from soils to the sea. Nature, 464:1178-1181.
2009 Michael S. Strickland for: Stickland, M.S, Lauber C., Fierer, N. and Bradford, M.A. 2009.

Honorable mention: Jia Hu
Testing the functional significance of microbial community composition. Ecology 90: 441-451.
2008 Duncan Menge

Honorable mention: Ben Colman
2007 Scott H. Ensign for: Ensign, S. H., and M. W. Doyle. 2006. Nutrient spiraling in streams and river networks. Journal of Geophysical Research 111:G04009.

Biogeosciences Section » Gene E. Likens Award

The Gene E. Likens Award recognizes a postdoctoral scientist who received his or her degree in or after August three years prior.

Year Full Name Paper Title
2010 No award  
2009 Stephen Porder for: Porder, S. and Chadwick O.A. 2009.

Honorable mention: William Cornwell
Climate and soil-age constraints on nutrient uplift and retention by plants. Ecology 90: 623-636.
2008 Jennifer Funk

Honorable mention: Kristina Anderson-Teixeira
2007 Ben Houlton for: Houlton, B. Z., D. M. Sigman, and L. O. Hedin. 2006. Isotopic evidence for large gaseous nitrogen losses from tropical rainforests. Proceedings of the NationalAcademy of Sciences of the United States of America 103:8745-8750.
2007 Katey Walter for: Walter, K. M., S. A. Zimov, J. P. Chanton, D. Verbyla, and F. S. Chapin. 2006. Methane bubbling from Siberian thaw lakes as a positive feedback to climate warming. Nature 443:71-75.

Microbial Ecology Section Award

The Microbial Ecology Section is sponsoring three ($250) travel awards to help support student travel to the 2009 ESA meeting. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. The student must be the presenting author on a poster or paper that has been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting. The study should deal with the ecology of bacteria, archaea, microeukarya, or viruses; studies that promote the integration of microbial ecology into the general study of ecology are especially welcome.

Year Name Title
2007 Casey ter Horst Best student paper: Convergence of Ecological and Evolutionary Rates: Predator Driven Evolution of Population Growth Rates
2007 Natasha Hausmann Best student poster: Plant Community Composition and Phenology Alter Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Networks 2008

Paleoecology Section » Edward S. Deevey Student Award in Paleoecology [policies]

The Edward S. Deevey Award is given by the Paleoecology Section of the ESA to honor Deevey's contributions through fostering the highest quality paleoecological research by graduate students. The award recognizes the best oral or poster presentation in paleoecology by a graduate student at the annual meeting of the Society.

Year Name Paper Title
2012 Ryan Kelly

"Pushing the limits of the boreal forest fire regime: recent changes in a 10,000 year context."

Second place to Carolyn Barrett for "How many lake sediment cores do we need to characterize regional fire regime changes using macro-charcoal records."

2010 Shelly D. Crausbay

Co-authored by Sara Hotchkiss
Species assemblages and fire dynamics over the past ~3,300 years at an upper montane cloud forest in Hawaíi.
2009 Emily Coffey

Co-authored by Katherine Willis and Cynthia Froy

Honorable mention: Shawn Whiteman

Co-authored by A. Boyer and Felisa Smith

Determination of baseline ecological conditions in the Galápagos Islands.

A tale of two continents: ecology, phylogeny, and body size in the great American biotic interchange
2008 Larisa R.G. DeSantis

Co-authored by Robert S. Ferenec and Bruce J. MacFadden.
Effects of global warming on ancient mammalian communities and their environments.
2007 Leila M. (Zajac) Gonzales

Co-authored by Jack W. Williams and Rick Nordheim.
Modeling late-glacial no-analog climates with expanded response surfaces.
2006 Michael Tweite

Co-author Sara Hotchkiss
Reconstructing historical patterns of jack pine budworm outbreaks in forest hollows from Wisconsin.
2005 Zoe V. Finkel Climatically driven macro-evolutionary change in the size of marine planktonic diatoms.
2004 Jason McLachlan The importance of small populations in the postglacial dynamics of eastern forests.
2003 Don Falk The event-area relationship: Scale dependence in the fire regime of a New Mexico ponderosa pine forest.
2002 Lynn L. Anderson A molecular-genetic approach to understanding the postglacial migration history of Picea in North America.
2001 Robert K. Booth

Honorable mention
: Philip Higuera
A high-resolution record of late Holocene surface-moisture changes from a Michigan raised bog.

Identifying disturbance signatures in small-hollow sediments: the potential for long-term, high-resolution forest history records.
2000 Holly A. Ewing

Honorable mention
: Robert K. Booth

Honorable mention
: Bryan Shuman
The influence of substrate on long-term ecosystem development and its paleoecological record.

Testate amoebae as wetland paleoenvironmental indicators: a modern study of testate amoeba assemblages in Lake Superior coastal wetlands.

Vegetation response to late-glacial and early Holocene climate change in New England.
1999 Dan Gavin

Honorable mention
: Holly A. Ewing
Holocene fire history in a coastal temperate rainforest, Vancouver Island.

A history of soil development in northern Wisconsin inferred from new geochemical techniques.
1998 Tim Parshall

Honorable mention
: Jason McLachlan
Variation in establishment of hemlock stands and their response to logging in northwestern Wisconsin.

Delayed density-dependence in forest tree species inferred from high-resolution pollen data.
1997 Lisa Carlson

Honorable mention: Wyatt Oswald

Honorable mention
: L. Luecking, R.  Brugam

Honorable mention: Tim Parshall,  R. Calcote
Evidence for spruce migration and full glacial vegetation for Jan Lake, Alaska.

W. Oswald, L. Brubaker, P. Anderson.  Late Quaternary vegetation history of the Alaskan North Slope: an interpretation using indicator taxa.

Presettlement vegetation of Macoupin County.

Interpreting fossil pollen from forest hollows using modern analogs: The 'background' of the problem.
1996 Providence Sara Hotchkiss

Honorable mention: Dirk Verschuren

Honorable mention: Zicheng Yu
A 29,000 year record of vegetation and fire history from Kohala Mountain, Hawaii.  Bulletin 77:

Pattern and mechanism of change in the invertebrate community of fluctuating tropical lake basins (Lakes Naivasha and Sonachi, Kenya).  Bulletin 78:

Responses of vegetation and lake to late glacial climate changes in southern Ontario: a multi-proxy paleoecological investigation. Bulletin 78:
1995 Andrea Lloyd Andrea Lloyd & L. Graumlich. Spatial & temporal patterns of change at treeline in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA. Bulletin 76:
1994 William H. Petty

Honorable mention: Peter K. Van de Water
Holocene vegetation history and Lake Michigan lake-level fluctuations on the southern shore of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Abstract not published.
1993 Randy Calcote Pollen from forest hollows as a stand-scale record of forest changes.  Bulletin  74(Suppl):183.
1992 No award  
1991 Shinya Sugita Palynological records of forest disturbance and development on Mount Rainier, Washington.  Bulletin 72(Suppl):261.lakes.

Physiological Ecology Section » The W. Dwight Billings Award

The W.D. and S.M. Billings award was established in August, 1998 and is made the Physiological Ecology Section of ESA to the graduate student whose oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America represents a significant advancement in physiological ecology (though the award in 1998 was made to the best published paper by a graduate student). The award will be given to a student whose paper is judged to offer the rigor, creativity, importance, and presentation that sets a new standard in the discipline. The award recognizes the lifetime contributions by its namesakes, Dwight and Shirley Billings, to physiological ecology. Dwight built the foundation for physiological ecology in North America and provided leadership for the field throughout his illustrious career. Together, Dwight and Shirley have shown a deep regard for the interests and training of graduate students in this dynamic component of ecology.

Year Full Name Paper Title
2009 Doug Aubrey
Co-author R.O. Teskey

Honorable mention: Greg Barron-Gafford, Dena Vallano
Root-derived CO2 efflux via xylem stream rivals soil CO2 efflux
2008 Marnie Rout

Honorable mention: Rob Salguero-Gomez
Sorghum halepense and endophytic N-fixing bacteria: Ecosystem engineers altering soil biogeochemistry.

First evidence for hydraulic fragmentation in an herbaceous aridland perennial: Cryptantha flava.
2007 Anna Jacobsen
Co-authored by Brandon Pratt

Honorable mention: Allyson Eller, Nicole Hughes.
Support for a fiber inclusive model of xylem cavitation resistance.
2006 Carmody McCalley

Honorable mention: Mr. Paul Stoy
The role of water, nutrients, and temperature in regulating NO and NH3 efflux from Mojave Desert soils.

Explaining the interannual variability of carbon exchange in successional ecosystems.
2005 Laura Scott-Denton (University of Colorado)

Honorable mention: Catarina Moura (Duke University) and Rachel Spicer (Harvard University)
2004 Maggie Porter

Honorable mention: Will Cornwell
Evapotranspiration and energy balance of postfire and native sagebrush communities in the Great Basin Desert.
2003 Katherine McCulloh

Honorable mention: Jennifer Funk
The application of Murray's law to Psilotum nudum, an analogue of an ancestral vascular plant.
2002 Richard O. Musser A suppression mechanism of induced plant defenses by an insect salivary enzyme (R.O. Musser & G. W. Felton).
2001 Amy Miller Nutrient Uptake, Movement, Use. Preferential uptake of N by alpine tundra species: do all species tap the same N pool? (Miller A. & W. Bowman).
2000 Brent Helliker Why is a grass blade like a tree ring? An isotopic model for recording environmental data in grass blades. (Helliker  B. & J. R. Ehleringer)
1999 Jeanine Cavender-Bares Correlated evolution in 15 co-occurring species of oaks (Quercus): A study of habitat and plant functional traits.
1998 Susan L. Bassow Intra- and inter- specific variation in canopy photosynthesis in a mixed deciduous forest. (S.L. Bassow & F.A. Bazzaz. 1997. Oecologia 109: 507-515.)

Physiological Ecology Section » New Phytologist Poster Award

The Best Poster Award is made by the Physiological Ecology Section of ESA to recognize the best poster in physiological ecology presented by a graduate student at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

Year Full Name Paper Title
2009 Allyson Eller

Co-author J. Sparks
Influence of changing air chemistry on plant growth and reproduction: Effects of rising carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone on a model species.
2008 Ava Howard

Honorable mention: Jessica Cruz de Osuna
Stomatal conductance responses to changing vapor pressure deficit: Do daytime patterns of regulation apply at night?

Seasonal trends of mesophyll conductance and its importance in understand photosynthesis in a C.
2007 Kelly Hopping

Co-authored by Elizabeth T. Miller, Elizabeth E. Crone, and Anna Sala.
Do these cones make me look fat? Unexpected patterns of resource allocation in whitebark pine.
2006 Mr. Justin Bichler

Honorable mention: Anna Tyler
Quantifying the contribution of aquaporins to overall water transport in deep roots accessed via caves.

Annual and ephemeral plants are important for shrub-island development and ecosystem processes in arid regions.
2004 Tracy Gartner

Honorable mention: Catarina Moura
Arrangement of litter types can influence mass and N dynamics in mixed-species litter decomposition experiments.
2003 Patrick Herron

Honorable mention: Will Bowman
Divining Rods: Pseudomonas putida as a microbiosensor of fine-scale osmotic potentials in soil.
2002 Jennifer L. Funk The role of stored carbon in isoprene production in response to environmental stress in Populus deltoides (J.L. Funk, J. E. Mak & M. T. Lerdau).
2001 Laura Scott-Denton Linking root and microbial biomass to soil respiration rate in a high-altitude coniferous forest (L. Scott-Denton, K. Sparks & R. Monson).
2001 Javier Espeleta Fine root demography differs among xeric and mesic adult tree species in a sandhill habitat of southeastern US. (J. Espeleta & L. Donovan)
2000 Andrew J. McElrone Interactive effects of drought stress and infection by Xylella fastidiosa on the ecophysiology of a common liana.
1999 David R. Bowling Partitioning net ecosystem exchange in a Tennessee deciduous forest using stable isotopes of carbon dioxide.
1998 Louise Comas Root efficiency in fast- and slow-growing species of maple and oak.
1998 Travis Huxman Gas exchange and chlorophyll florescence responses of three southwestern Yucca species to elevated CO2 and high temperature.
1997 Nate McDowell Winter carbon dioxide uptake and release from an interior Pacific Northwest forest.
1996 James R. Cleverly Modeling advective energy exchange between neighboring ecosystems with a special emphasis on the oasis effect.

Soil Ecology Section » Best Student Oral Presentation Award

The Soil Ecology Section presents this award to recognize the best student presentation in soil ecology at the annual meeting of the Society.

Year Name Paper Title
2008 Veer B.- Chaudhary

Marnie Rout
Variation in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal abundance and diversity in semi-arid shrublands is scale-dependent

Sorghum halepense and endophytic N-fixing bacteria: Ecosystem engineers altering soil biogeochemistry.
2007 Krista McGuire
Ectomycorrhizal fungi suppress saprotrophs in a tropical monodominant rain forest.
2006 Kristen DeAngelis
Quorum sensing as a control point in rhizosphere nitrogen transformations.
2004 Andrea Thorpe

Effects of Centaurea maculosa on nitrification in North America and Romania: Evidence for novel weapons.

2004 Sophie Parker Nitrogen cycling in California grassland soils is influenced by soil texture and plant phenology.
2003 Evan Preisser Climate affects predator control of herbivore outbreaks.
2002 Sara E. Leckie Homogeneity of microbial communities in adjacent forests differing in nitrogen cycling.
2001 Elena Bennett Human and natural impacts on soil phosphorus accumulation in an urbanizing agricultural watershed.
2000 Anne Pringle Winners never cheat; cheaters never win: species' flexibility and the symmetry of benefit within a mutualism of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plants.
2000 Nicole DeCrappeo Abiotic and biotic controls on the abundance and distribution of entomopathogenic nematodes in tallgrass prairie.
1999 William Swenson Multispecies communities as evolvable units: Artificial selection of soil communities for their effect on aboveground biomass of Arabidopsis thaliana
1999 Grizelle Gonzalez Soil fauna and plant litter decomposition in tropical and subalpine forests.
1998 Esteban Jobaggy Root and soil nutrient distributions: global patterns modified by local variability.
1998 Laurie J. Osher Alteration of ecosystem carbon storage by change in vegetation and associated mycorrhizae in the Ecuadorian paramo.
1997 No award given  
1996 Melody Brown

Sharon Hall
1995 Carolyn Keiffer The effect of competition and edaphic conditions on the growth and survival of five inland halophytes.  Bulletin   76:138.

Soil Ecology Section » Best Student Poster Award

The Soil Ecology Section presents this award to recognize the best student presentation in soil ecology at the annual meeting of the Society.

Year Name Paper Title
2008 Israel del Toro Terrestrial microarthropod biodiversity analysis of the Northern Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands: With notes on mircoarthropod biotic and abiotic interactions.
2007 Michelle Haddix

Honorable mention: Macy Johnson, Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Loren Byrne
Temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter fractions.

2006 Colleen Iverson
Changes in fine-root quantity and quality with elevated CO2: Implications for decomposition and N cycling.

Statistical Ecology Section » E.C. Pielou Award [policies]

The purpose of the award is to recognize a student member of the Statistical Ecology Section of ESA for giving an outstanding oral presentation in the area of statistical ecology at the ESA Annual Meeting. The individual award is $200, together with a copy of a book written by pioneering statistical ecologist E. C. Pielou.

Year Name Paper Title
2008 No award presented  
2007 Daniel Laughlin
Explaining gradients in plant community composition with a general multivariate model.
2006 Heather Lintz
Threshold strength and ‘diagonality’: response descriptors for comparison of empirical model type.
2005 David Delaney Predicting discrete secondary spread of aquatic invasive species.
2004 No award presented  
2003 Katia Koelle Disentangling the roles of extrinsic and intrinsic factors in nonlinear disease dynamics.
2002 David Staples Detecting population trends with joint indices from coupled time-series.

Student Section

  • 2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research in Ecology Award
  • 2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Research in Ecology Award

(At the time of the nomination deadline the paper must be published in the previous two years in a peer reviewed journal (eg., 2006-2008 for 2008 award) and the nominee must be an undergraduate student, a graduate student, or have received a Ph.D. within the past two years. The nominee must be first author of the paper and be a member in good standing of ESA's Student Section at the time of nomination. Self-nominations and nominations by colleagues are welcomed.)

Year Full Name Paper Title
2009 Daniel R. Scholes Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award
2009 Alexander J. Forde Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award
2009 Anna Maria Stewart Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research in Ecology Award
2009 Alexander N. G. Kirschel Outstanding Graduate Student Research in Ecology Award

Theoretical Ecology Section

The Theoretical Ecology Section presents this award to recognize the best student oral presentation in theoretical ecology at the annual meeting of the Society.


Outstanding Ecological Theory Paper Award

The Theory Section sponsors an annual award for an outstanding published paper in ecological theory. Papers with a print or electronic publication date in either of the two years preceding the year of the award are eligible. (For example, papers published in 2008 or 2009 are eligible for the 2010 award.)

Nominations (including self-nominations) may be made at any time, and will close on March 1 for each year's award. Nominations should be sent to the chair and vice-chair, and should include a short statement by the nominator discussing the paper's merits and suitability for the award.

Year Name Paper Title
2010 James O'Dwyer and Jessica Green Field theory for biogeography: A spatially explicit model for predicting patterns of biodiversity. Ecology Letters 13: 87-95.

Alfred. J. Lotka Award

Year Name Paper Title
2009 Alex Perkins

Co-author: Alan Hastings
Evolutionarily labile species interactions and spatial spread dynamics of invasions
2008 Clay Cressler

Co-author: Aaron King
Foraging-predation risk tradeoff governs evolution of inducible defenses.
2007 Sharon Martinson

Co-authored: Matthew P. Ayres.
A multiple equilibria model for Dendroctonus frontalis which includes predation and competition.
2006 Sean Michaletz A heat transfer model of crown scorch in forest fires, co-authored by Edward Johnson.
2005 Karen Abbott Food limitation and complex dynamics in herbivorous insects.
2004 Katia V. Koelle Between-strain competition for susceptible hosts in host-pathogen systems with seasonal dynamics.
2003 Chad Brassil The Similar Effect of Intrinsic versus Extrinsic Cycles on Mean Population Densities.
2002 John Haskell Home range scaling in fractal environments.
2000 Juan Manuel Morales Scaling-up movements in heterogeneous landscapes: importance of behavior.

Vito Volterra Award

Year Name Paper Title
2009 Andres Baeza

Co-author: Mercedes Pascual and Andy Dobson
On the emergence of conservation behavior in a simple model of land-use with ecosystem services.
2008 Vishwesha Guttal

Co-author: C Jayaprakash
Spatial indicators of catastrophic regime shifts in ecological systems.
2007 Colin Kremer

Co-authored: Chris C Leary, Gary W Towsley, and Gregg Hartvigsen.
Chaotic dynamics lost in small-world network meta-populations.
2006 Sean Michaletz

Co-authored by Edward Johnson
A heat transfer model of crown scorch in forest fires.
2005 Karen Abbott Food limitation and complex dynamics in herbivorous insects.
2004 Katia V. Koelle Between-strain competition for susceptible hosts in host-pathogen systems with seasonal dynamics.
2003 Chad Brassil The Similar Effect of Intrinsic versus Extrinsic Cycles on Mean Population Densities.
2002 John Haskell Home range scaling in fractal environments.
2000 Juan Manuel Morales Scaling-up movements in heterogeneous landscapes: importance of behavior.

Vegetation Section » Ton Damman Award

The Vegetation Section presents this award to recognize the best student presentation in plant community ecology at the annual meeting of the Society.

Year Full Name Paper Title
2007 Charles Price

Co-authored by Brian J. Enquist and Van Savage.
Allometric Covariation in botanical form and function.
2006 Jeff Lake
Community assembly in a temperate forest tree community: Testing limiting similarity, environmental filtering, and functional equivalence with leaf functional traits.
2005 Paul Henne
Spatial and temporal response of forests communities to variation in lake-effect snow in northern Lower Michigan.
2004 Jason McLachlan The importance of small populations in the postglacial dynamics of eastern forests.
2003 Rachel J. Collins Do succession models predict the right pattern for the wrong reason: shade vs. herbivore tolerance?


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