ESA Awards

The Awards Committee of the Ecological Society of America solicits and encourages nominations from members of the ESA for each of the awards listed below. ESA especially encourages nominations of candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women and minorities. In preparing a nomination, it would be helpful to consult with the Chair of the specific award subcommittee (e-mails below) or the Awards Committee Chair, Alan Hastings  E-mail: amhastings@ucdavis.edu.

Nomination Process and Schedule

Nominations for awards to authors for specific publications (George Mercer Award, W. S. Cooper Award, Sustainability Science Award) should include the full citation, a copy of the publication (electronic if possible) and a letter of nomination. Nominations for awards to an individual for a body of work (Eminent Ecologist Award, MacArthur Award, Odum Education Award, Honorary Member Award, Distinguished Service Citation) should include a curriculum vitae, a letter of nomination, and no more than 3 additional letters of support. To be given full consideration, nominations for awards should be completed by 15 JanuaryWe welcome nominations that reflect the diversity of the society’s membership.  A nomination should be submitted as a single PDF to E-mail: awards@esa.org with the name of the award in the subject line.

ESA Awards

Eminent Ecologist Award

The Eminent Ecologist Award is given to a senior ecologist in recognition of an outstanding body of ecological work or of sustained ecological contributions of extraordinary merit. Nominees may be from any country and need not be ESA members. Recipients receive lifetime active membership in the Society. Recent recipients include, Stephen Hubbell, Simon Levin, Thomas G. Whitham, Robert J. Naiman, William Reiners.  For more information about the award, please contact Robert Holt, Chair (2012-2015), Eminent Ecologist Award Subcommittee E-mail: rdholt@ufl.edu

Robert H. MacArthur Award

Robert H. MacArthur Award: given to an established ecologist in mid-career for meritorious contributions to ecology, in the expectation of continued outstanding ecological research and who generally are within 20 years of receiving the Ph.D. Nominees may be from any country and need not be ESA members. This award is given in alternate years, and the recipient is invited to address the membership at the Annual Meeting following his/her selection. Recent recipients include Alan Hastings, Monica Turner, Stephen W. Pacala, and Anthony R. Ives. For more information about the award, contact  Monica Turner, Chair (2012-2015), Robert H. MacArthur Award Subcommittee  E-mail: turnermg@wisc.edu

Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education

The Eugene P. Odum Award recognizes an ecologist for outstanding work in ecology education. This award was generously endowed by, and named for, the distinguished ecologist Eugene P. Odum. Through teaching, outreach, and mentoring activities, recipients of this award have demonstrated their ability to relate basic ecological principles to human affairs. Nominations recognizing achievements in education at the university, K–12, and public levels are all encouraged. Recent recipients include Kenneth Klemow, John C. Moore, and Charlene D’Avanzo, Martin B. Main.  For more information about the award, please contact Kenneth Klemow, Chair (2012-2014), ESA Odum Education Award Subcommittee E-mail: kenneth.klemow@wilkes.edu

Honorary Member Award

Honorary Membership in the Society is given to a distinguished ecologist who has made exceptional contributions to ecology and whose principal residence and site of ecological research are outside of North America. Up to three awards may be made in any one year until a total of 20 is reached. Nominations of women and minority candidates, as well as those from developing countries, are especially encouraged. Recent honorees include Suzanne Milton, Marilyn Ball, Richard Shin, and Christian Körner. For more information about the award, please contact Indy Burke, Chair (2012–2015), Honorary Member Award Subcommittee E-mail: iburke@uwyo.edu

George Mercer Award

The Mercer Award is given for an outstanding ecological research paper published by a younger researcher (the lead author must be 40 years of age or younger at the time of publication). If the award is given for a paper with multiple authors, all authors will receive a plaque, and those 40 years of age or younger at the time of publication will share the monetary prize. The paper must have been published in 2012 or 2013 to be eligible for the 2014 award. Nominees may be from any country and need not be ESA members. Recent recipients include Meghan Duffy and Spencer Hall, Tracy Langkilde, Carla Staver and Sally Archibald, PTJ Johnson and JT Hoverman. For more information about the award, please contact Ingrid Parker, Chair (2012-2015), Mercer Award Subcommittee  E-mail: imparker@ucsc.edu

W.S. Cooper Award

The W. S. Cooper Award is given to honor an outstanding contributor to the fields of geobotany and/or physiographic ecology, the fields in which W. S. Cooper worked. This award is for a single contribution in a scientific publication (single or multiple authored). Nominees need not be ESA members and can be of any nationality. Recent recipients include Stephen T. Jackson, K. Lininger, Guy S. Robinson, and Margaret B. Davis and colleagues, Kevin Boyce and colleagues, JA Thompson and colleagues. For more information about the award, please contact David Ackerly, Chair (2013–2016), Cooper Award Subcommittee E-mail: dackerly@berkeley.edu

Distinguished Service Citation

The Distinguished Service Citation is given to recognize long and distinguished volunteer service to the ESA, to the larger scientific community, and to the larger purpose of ecology in the public welfare. Recent recipients are Kay Gross, Rosina Bierbaum, Donald Strong, Janet Lanza, Wes Jackson.  For more information about the award, please contact the incoming chair of the subcommittee who will be listed on the ESA web pages.   rdholt@ufl.edu

Sustainability Science Award

The Sustainability Science Award is given to the authors of a scholarly work 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. This ESA award is for a single scholarly contribution (book, book chapter, or peer-reviewed journal article) published in the last 5 years. Nominees need not be ESA members and can be of any age, nationality, or place of residence. Recent recipients are M. Lindegren, C. Möllmann, A. Nielsen, and N. Stenseth, Boris Worm and colleagues, and R. S. Reid and colleagues. For more information about the award, please contact Lisa J Graumlich, Chair (2013–2016), Sustainability Science Award Subcommittee E-mail: graumlic@uw.edu

Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology

The Commitment to Human Diversity  in Ecology Award is in recognition of long-standing contributions of an individual towards increasing the diversity of future ecologists through mentoring, teaching, or outreach. A recent recipient is Sonia Ortega.  For more information about the award, please contact Carmen Cid, Chair (2013–2016), Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award Subcommittee E-mail: cid@easternct.edu 

Robert H. Whittaker Awards

There are two Whittaker Awards given annually.

The Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist award recognizes an ecologist with an earned doctorate, and an outstanding record of contributions in ecology, who is not a U.S. citizen and is not currently residing in the U.S.  This award provides funds for travel to the U.S. for research or to attend a meeting and covers expenses up to $2000. 

The Whittaker Award recognizes an outstanding ecologist in a developing country who is not a U.S. citizen and is not currently residing in the U.S. The award is open to ecologists at any career stage and would cover expenses up to $1200 for travel to the US for research or to attend a meeting.

Requirements: Nominations for both awards can be made directly by the nominee or by an ESA member on behalf of the nominated ecologist.  Nominations for these awards should include curriculum vitae, a letter of nomination, and no more than 2 additional letters of support.   For more information about the award, please contact Jessica Gurevitch, Chair (2013–2016), Robert H. Whittaker Awards Subcommittee E-mail: jessica.gurevitch@stonybrook.edu

Buell & braun Awards

Murray F. Buell Award and E. Lucy Braun Award

Murray F. Buell had a long and distinguished record of service and accomplishment in the Ecological Society of America. Among other things, he ascribed great importance to the participation of students in meetings and to excellence in the presentation of papers. To honor his selfless dedication to the younger generation of ecologists, the Murray F. Buell Award for Excellence in Ecology is given to a student for the outstanding oral paper presented at the ESA Annual Meeting.

E. Lucy Braun, an eminent plant ecologist and one of the charter members of the Society, studied and mapped the deciduous forest regions of eastern North America and described them in her classic book, The Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America. To honor her, the E. Lucy Braun Award for Excellence in Ecology is given to a student for the outstanding poster presentation at the ESA Annual Meeting.

A candidate for these awards must be an undergraduate, a graduate student, or a recent doctorate not more than 9 months past graduation at the time of the meeting. The paper or poster must be presented as part of the program sponsored by the Ecological Society of America, but the student need not be an ESA member. To be eligible for these awards the student must be the sole or senior author of the oral paper (Note: symposium talks are ineligible) or poster. Papers and posters will be judged on the significance of ideas, creativity, quality of methodology, validity of conclusions drawn from results, and clarity of presentation. While all students are encouraged to participate, winning papers and posters typically describe fully completed projects. The students selected for these awards will be announced in the ESA Bulletin following the Annual Meeting. A certificate and a check for $500 will be presented to each recipient at the next ESA Annual Meeting. The student will also receive up to $700 for travel expenses to the annual meeting.

If you wish to be considered for either of these awards at the 2014 Annual Meeting, you must send the following to buellbraun@esa.org  (1) the Student Award Application, (2) a copy of your abstract, and (3) a 250-word or less description of why/how the research presented will advance the field of ecology. Because of the large number of applications for the Buell and Braun awards in recent years, applicants may be pre-screened prior to the meeting, based on the quality of the abstract and this description of the significance of their research. The application form, abstract, and research justification must be sent by e-mail buellbraun@esa.org.  The deadline for submission of form and abstract is 1 March 2014; applications sent after 1 March 2014 will not be considered. This submission is in addition to the regular abstract submission. Buell/ Braun participants who fail to notify the buellbraun@esa.org by 1 May of withdrawal from the meeting will be ineligible, barring exceptional circumstances, for consideration in the future. Electronic versions of the Application Form are available on the ESA web site, or you can send an e-mail to buellbraun@esa.org and request that an electronic version be sent to you as an attachment.

Please refer to the PDF of this article for the application form. 

 

Request for Student Award Judges for the Murray F. Buell Award and E. Lucy Braun Award

Judges are needed to evaluate candidates for the Murray F. Buell Award for the outstanding oral presentation by a student and the E. Lucy Braun Award for the outstanding poster presentation by a student at the 2014 Annual ESA Meeting in Sacramento, CA. We need to provide each candidate with at least four judges competent in the specific subject of the presentation. Each judge is asked to evaluate 3–5 papers and/or posters. Current graduate students are not eligible to judge. This is a great way to become involved in an important ESA activity. We desperately need your help!  If you want to judge some of these presentations please let us know via an email to buellbraun@esa.org.

Please refer to the PDF of this article for the application form.

Download the Student Award Application in Word or PDF format.

ESA Fellows Program

Call for Nominations

The Awards Committee of the Ecological Society of America solicits and encourages nominations from members of the ESA for Fellows and Early Career Fellows of ESA. ESA especially encourages nominations of candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women and minorities. In preparing a nomination, feel free to consult with the Awards Committee Chair, Alan Hastings E-mail: amhastings@ucdavis.edu.  More information about the process is available as well, as the complete list of Fellows.

ESA designates as Fellows of the Society certain members who have made outstanding contributions to wide range of fields served by ESA.  Such contributions include, but are not restricted to, those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any current regular member of ESA who has been a regular member of ESA for at least five years (not necessarily consecutive) is eligible to be nominated to be an ESA Fellow. For these purposes, a regular member is defined as a non-student, dues-paying member.
  • A nominee is expected to have been a member of the profession for at least fifteen years. In most cases, this will be interpreted to mean fifteen years from PhD.
  • Demonstrated excellence of contributions to one or several of the following areas: (1) research and discovery, (2) communication and outreach, education and pedagogy, (3) application of ecology to management and policy.

Nomination Procedures

The nomination of an individual to be an ESA Fellow can be made by any three members of ESA except members of the Fellows Selection Committee.

Nominations shall be submitted electronically by December 16, 2013 to awards@esa.org  and consist of:

  • A curriculum vitae of at most four pages. It is suggested that the vita include evidence of outstanding contributions as outlined under the eligibility criteria.  One to three letters of recommendation which may come from anyone, including nominators and non-members.
  • A citation of at most 50 words proposed for use if the nominee is selected to be a Fellow.
  • No ESA member can nominate more than two individuals in a given year.

ESA Early Career Fellows Program

Call for Nominations

The Awards Committee of the Ecological Society of America solicits and encourages nominations from members of the ESA for Fellows and Early Career Fellows of ESA. ESA especially encourages nominations of candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women and minorities. In preparing a nomination, feel free to consult with the Awards Committee Chair, Alan Hastings E-mail: amhastings@ucdavis.edu.  More information about the process is available as well, as the complete list of Fellows.

ESA designates as Early Career Fellows of the Society certain early career members (typically chosen within 8 years of receiving the Ph.D.) who have begun making and show promise of continuing to make outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA.  Such contributions include, but are not restricted to, those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.  Early Career Fellows are elected for 5 years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any current non-student member of ESA who has been a member of ESA for at least two years (not necessarily consecutive and including student membership) is eligible to be nominated to be an ESA Early Career Fellow.
  • A nominee is expected to be early in their career.  In most cases, this will be interpreted to mean eight years or less from Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) at the time of selection.
  • Demonstrated excellence and potential for future excellence of contributions to one or several of the following areas: (1) research and discovery,  (2) communication and outreach, education and pedagogy, (3) application of ecology to management and policy.

Nomination Procedures

The nomination of an individual to be an ESA Early Career Fellow can be made by any two members of ESA except members of the Fellows Selection Committee).

Nominations shall be submitted electronically by December 16, 2013 to awards@esa.org and consist of:

  • A curriculum vitae of at most four pages. It is suggested that the vita include evidence of excellent contributions and promise of future contributions as outlined under the eligibility criteria. 
  • One to three letters of recommendation which may come from anyone, including nominators and non-members.
  • A citation of at most 50 words proposed for use if the nominee is selected to be a Fellow.
  • No ESA member can nominate more than two individuals as Early Career Fellows in a given year.

Other Awards

Desert Ecology-Forrest Shreve Award

One to two awards annually of $1000-2000 are available to support research in the hot deserts of North America: Sonora, Mohave, Chihuahua, and Vizcaino. Projects should be clearly ecological and should increase our understanding of the patterns and processes of deserts and/or desert organisms. Proposals will be ranked based on the importance of the project to understanding desert ecology, feasibility, experimental design and innovation.

Applicants for the Forrest Shreve Award should send a proposal (not to exceed one page) describing the proposed research, specifying the research location and explaining how the award would further the proposed research, with a C.V. and a short proposed budget describing how the money will be spent if awarded. A letter of reference should be submitted separately by a research supervisor or an appropriate referee familiar with their work. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible, as long as they are currently enrolled in a degree program and are members of the ESA.

To submit a nomination, please contact:

Jessica Gurevitch, Chair
Grants and Fellowships Committee
Email: jessica.gurevitch@stonybrook.edu

Chapter/Sections Awards

Applied Ecology Section

Student Travel Award 2013

The Applied Ecology Section offers travel grants for students presenting papers or posters at the ESA Annual Meetings.  The following describes the policies and procedures of the Section on supporting student travel to the Annual Meeting.

Send applications including all supporting materials by email to:

Gillian Bowser
Chair, Applied Ecology Section of ESA
Gillian.Bowser@ColoState.EDU

The deadline for receipt of applications for the next Annual Meeting is May 31 of each year.  Notification of successful applicants will be made by mid-July.  Eligibility requirements and application requirements are specified below.  Applications which do not comply with these specifications will not be considered.

 Policy on Support for Student Travel to ESA Meetings: The Applied Ecology Section seeks to support the students, especially those working in applied studies, in the presentation of their work at the ESA Annual Meeting.

 Amount of Support: The number and amount of awards will be determined by the section officers and will reflect the availability of funds and the quality of applications received.

 Application Process: Applications will be submitted to the Chair of the Applied Section electronically via email as a SINGLE Word or PDF file containing all the required items.  Applications will be evaluated by Section officers or a panel of judges that may be appointed by the Section Chair.  Criteria for evaluation will include the quality of the work and its relevance to applied ecology.  Special attention will be given to papers which link basic and applied ecology.

 The assembled application file shall consist of:

  • a copy of the abstract page showing acceptance by the ESA for presentation at the annual meeting
  • a brief cover letter from the student giving their full contact information and describing how the work to be presented has practical field application
  • a recommendation or recommendations from the student’s advisor or other faculty mentor describing the value of the research described.

The file must be named with the leading word “LASTNAME AES Award” (substitute your last name here).  If at all possible, do not submit multiple files OR use multiple emails. Applications are due by May 31 and award recipients will be notified by mid-July.  Potential applicants are urged to draft an application AND SECURE THE ADVISOR’S LETTER OF SUPPORT before final abstract acceptance so submission is not delayed.

Eligibility: Applicants must be the presenting author of a paper or poster which has been accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.  Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at the time of their application.  Students, co-authors, employees, and relatives of current section officers (or other judges of applications) are ineligible for this award.

 

Aquatic Ecology Award

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 Tom’s commitments to aquatic ecology and to graduate student education. The recipient will receive a plaque and a cash prize.

Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research

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 ESA?s 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 the nominee’s eligibility for the award
  4. A CV from the nominee

DEADLINE: June 1, 2013

Applications should be submitted electronically as pdfs. Send files to the Aquatic Section’s Secretary (tessa at uw dot edu), with the subject line “Frost Award_ApplicantLastName”.

Contribute: To make a contribution to the Thomas M. Frost Award Fund, send a check directly to ESA’s business office (address below; clearly indicate on the check that is for the “Frost Fund”) or make a contribution when you renew your ESA membership by checking “Frost Award” on the membership form under “Contributions” category.

Best Student Talk in Aquatic Ecology

In some years, the Aquatic Ecology Section also makes an award for the best talk in aquatic ecology presented at the annual ESA meeting by a student in the Aquatic Section. The competition is coordinated with the Buell Award (awarded by the Society), so applicants must be eligible for (and signed up for) the Buell Award. The deadline to apply for the Buell Award is March 1, 2013. The deadline to apply for the Aquatic Section Best Student Talk Award is June 1, 2013. The officers of the Aquatic Section will serve as the awards committee. They will use the Buell evaluations as the basis for their decision.The recipient will receive a $300 award from the Section. Applicants should forward a copy of their Buell Award application to the Aquatic Section Secretary tessa at uw dot edu

Everyone in the section is strongly encouraged to volunteer as a judge for the Buell/Braun competitions. Because our section will be using the evaluations conducted by the Buell judges, it’s imperative that the Section provides additional judges. In the past, ESA has had a hard time obtaining sufficient numbers of judges for the aquatic talks. If we cannot increase the participation of our members, we will be unable to continue to offer the Section award, so please sign up. Please contact buellbraun@esa.org if you are interested in being a judge for the Buell/Braun competition.

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. Student must be presenting a talk or poster. Travel awards are $300 and will be awarded on a lottery basis. Applications (abstract + letter of intent) should be submitted by email with the subject line “Travel Award_ApplicantLastName” to the Section Secretary, Tessa Francis, tessa@uw.edu no later than June 1, 2013. Requests should be sent in a separate email from other correspondences.

Biogeosciences Section Award

Junior Scientist Outstanding Publication Awards

The ESA Biogeosciences Junior Scientist Outstanding Publication awards were initiated in 2007 to promote young scientists and highlight outstanding work in the field. The Elizabeth Sulzman Award recognizes research conducted while a graduate student, and published within two years of graduation.  The Gene E. Likens Award recognizes work conducted by an early career scientist (within five years of receiving a Ph.D.) for work conducted after the completion of graduate school.

Each year, the awards are presented to the first author of a notable paper in the biogeosciences that was published between January of the previous year and May of the current year. To be considered for these awards, the paper must have been assigned a DOI.

The winner of each award will receive a $250 cash prize and formal recognition by ESA. We also award an honorable mention prize within each category.

Instructions

Nominees should be members of ESA, and are encouraged to be members of the Biogeosciences section. Nominations for each award should include the following (self-nominations are permitted):

  1. The paper’s citation and a pdf
  2. The first author’s current contact information
  3. A statement of eligibility (e.g. current grad student, or postdoc < 5 yrs from Ph.D.)
  4. A short letter in support of the nomination from a colleague or advisor (sent separately from above materials unless also submitting the nomination itself)

We note that while self-nominations are entirely appropriate, the above process does not require that a potential awardee be a part of the process. This, in part, is why we are asking for a statement in support of the nomination from a colleague or advisor.

A panel of scientists representing a broad array of disciplines within the biogeosciences will then evaluate the submissions and decide upon the winning entries. Award winners will be notified in advance of the Pittsburgh meeting, and the awards will be presented at the section mixer at the annual meeting. Winners of each prize will be encouraged to attend the meeting!

Please direct nominations and any questions to Jennie Mclaren(Jennie.mclaren@gmail.com). We encourage members to contribute to the nomination process so that we can have an excellent and diverse pool of entries to consider.

Nominations for 2014 awards will be accepted until June 21, 2014.

Best Student Presentation Award

We will also present an award for the best talk presented by a graduate student. To be eligible, the work must have been conducted while a graduate student. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and formal recognition by ESA. This award is generously sponsored by New Phytologist.

To apply for this award, email your name, presentation title, and presentation time (if available) to Jennie McLaren (Jennie.mclaren@gmail.com). Information must be received by June 21, 2014 to be considered for this award.

Long-Term Studies Section

J.T. Callahan Student Travel Award

Up to three travel awards are available to students to support travel to the 2013 ESA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Students wishing to apply for an award should forward a copy of their abstract to the Section Chair of LTSS by April 1, 2013.

Application Process:

Send applications including all supporting material by email to the Long-Term Studies Section Chair, Mike Vanni, at vannimj@muohio.edu.

Applications shall consist of:

  • a copy of the abstract accepted by ESA for presentation at the annual meeting;
  • a cover letter from the student describing the nature of the research to be presented; and
  • a letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor. This recommendation can be supplemented by other letters of reference from other faculty members in the student’s home institution, or by members of the student’s dissertation or thesis committee.

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 1, 2013 and successful applicants will be notified of their award byApril 29, 2013.

Eligibility:

Any student abstract based on data sets that are at least three years in length is eligible for these awards. Abstracts will be judged by LTSS elected officers and volunteers from the section. Criteria for the awards will be overall quality of the abstract and the degree to which the abstract and research described reflects a long-term perspective as shown by an effective use of long-term data. Applicants must be the presenting author of a paper or poster that has been accepted for presentation at the annual ESA meeting. Applicants must be enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students at the time of their application. Students, co-authors, employees, and relatives of current section officers (or judges of applications) are ineligible for this award.

The Long-Term Studies Section of ESA wishes to support students in the presentation of their research at the ESA Annual Meeting. The amount of support ($300 per individual), and the number of awards (up to three awards in 2013) will be determined by the section officers on an annual basis, and will reflect the quality of applications received and the level of resources available to the section.

Microbial Ecology Section

The ESA Microbial Ecology Section has the 2014 Awards information below. 

ESA Student Travel Awards

This year we will have two awards of $500 each to graduate or undergraduate students presenting a talk or poster at the ESA 2014 meeting. Priority will be given to students in need, and whose research connects the field of microbial ecology to the broader ecological community and encompasses the theme of the 2014 meeting “From Oceans to Mountains.”

Applicants should send:

  1. A cover letter, which includes an email address, explaining why their research is the best fit for this award
  2. A copy of the abstract they submitted to ESA
  3. Proof of acceptance of the abstract by ESA
  4. Documentation of ESA and Microbial Ecology section membership
  5. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member/supervisor

As a combined PDF document to jgut@umn.edu, with “ESA Student Travel Award Application” in the subject line. The due date is May 27 and feel free to e-mail with questions.

Natural History Student Award

The Natural History Student Award

We are delighted to announce our Natural History Student Award.  This award honors one exceptional applicant who employs natural history knowledge to further their ecological studies.  The awards committee will be looking at presentations and posters that demonstrate the best use of natural history knowledge in their ecological studies and/or novel natural history findings discovered in the context of their ecological studies. The recipient will receive a cash prize of $300. This award is supported by the Natural History Section book auction of 2012 (thanks to all who participated). Please support this year’s auction so we can keep these awards going!

Eligibility and Nomination for Student Research Awards

This prize will be awarded to a current student researcher in recognition of an outstanding ESA presentation or poster that demonstrate the best use of natural history knowledge in their ecological studies and/or novel natural history findings discovered in the context of their ecological studies. Applicants must be current members of the Natural History Section at the time of the talk.  (To join, go to: http://www.esa.org/esa/?page_id=60 and be sure to select the Natural History Section and Student Section as part of the process).  Applicants must be the first author of the poster or presentation.  Applicants can be self-nominated, or nominated by someone else.  We will publicize the posters and presentations (short bio, title, abstract, where and when), of all applicants on our website, twitter, and at our Natural History Section Booth.  Applications will be reviewed by the Awards Committee appointed by the Officers of the Natural History Section. Candidates will be judged based upon the presentation (oral and visual), incorporation of natural history observations or data, originality, study design, and anticipated impact of the research.

Nomination packets should be e-mailed to naturalhistorysection@gmail.com (Karen Reagan) and include:

1. Nomination: Students name, phone, email, and school and degree status at the time of the presentation or poster.

2.  Title and Abstract: Submitted Title and Abstract of ESA oral presentation or poster.

3. Twitter line: A 130-character statement summarizing the presented study (to be used for twitter)

4. Sketch: A 100 word biographical sketch and photo of author, for ESA Natural History Section website and booth.

5. Photo: One photo that depicts the practice of studying natural history in applicant’s ecological study (to be used for twitter, website and booth).

Items 1 through 4 should be included in the body of the text. Item 5 (the photo) should be attached to the e-mail, as a JPEG.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2014

Applications should be submitted electronically (photo as attachment, all text embedded in the body of the e-mail). Send e-mail to the Natural History Section’s Secretary, Karen Reagan (naturalhistorysection@gmail.com), with the subject line “Natural History Student Award”.

Paleoecology Section

Edward S. Deevey Award

The Paleoecology Section of the Ecological Society of America has established the Edward S. Deevey Award to honor Deevey’s efforts and dedication in fostering the highest quality of graduate student research in paleoecology. An award of $300 is given for the best presentation of paleoecological research by a graduate student at the ESA Annual Meeting. Occasionally, a runner-up is also chosen. Paleoecology is defined to include studies that use sedimentary, paleontological, historical, or retrospective archives and proxy records to describe and interpret ecological patterns and processes at all time scales.

A candidate for the award must be the sole or first author of the submitted abstract, and must prepare and be the presenter of an oral paper or poster at the ESA Annual Meeting. The candidate must be a graduate student or have completed a masters or doctoral degree not more than 9 months before the presentation. The presentation must describe the research used for the graduate degree; evaluation criteria are similar to those used for the ESA Buell and Braun Awards. A student can apply several times in consecutive years as long as s/he meets the above qualifications and has not won the award before.

The deadline for applications is August 1. Please email or send the completed application form (Word or PDF) and a copy of your abstract to the Deevey Award Committee Chair at Deeveyaward@gmail.com

Physiological Ecology Section

Student Travel Awards

The ESA Physiological Ecology Section offers five travel grants for students presenting papers or posters in the field of physiological ecology at the 2014 ESA Annual Meeting. The winner of each grant will receive $500 to help support attending the meeting. Applications for awards will be accepted until May 1, 2014.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. “Student” is defined as undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in a degree program or who finished his/her degree within the last 12 months.
  2. The student must be a Physiological Ecology section member at the time of the presentation.
  3. Award recipients must also enter either the Billings or New Phytologist poster award competitions.

To apply please send both Joseph Bump (jkbump@mtu.edu) and Molly Cavaleri (macavale@mtu.edu) the following information:

  1. The student’s current contact information and anticipated date of degree
  2. The title and abstract of talk or poster
  3. A short statement explaining why the student wants to attend this ESA meeting (300 word max)
  4. A short letter in support of the student from an advisor (sent separately from above materials)

A panel of scientists representing a broad array of disciplines within physiological ecology will then evaluate the submissions and decide upon the winning entries. Travel grant recipients will be notified by June 30, 2014.

Plant, Cell & Environment Posdoctoral Award

This award is made to a postdoctoral scholar whose oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America represents a significant advancement in physiological ecology. This is the second year the section has offered the award, which is made possible through the generous support from the journal Plant, Cell & Environment (Blackwell Publishing, Dr. Keith Mott, Editor-in-Chief).  The winner will receive a $750 check from the Physiological Ecology section. The runner-up will receive a $250 check from the section.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. The applicant must be first author and presenter for the paper.
  2. The work must have been completed while the applicant was a postdoctoral scholar (presentations of dissertation work are not eligible).
  3. The applicant must have completed his/her PhD within the last 5 years at the time of the presentation.
  4. The applicant must be a Physiological Ecology Section member at the time of the presentation.
  5. Past winners may not enter the competition in subsequent years.  Applicants awarded honorable mentions remain eligible for the competition in the future.

To enter the competition:

Please send Joseph Bump (jkbump@mtu.edu) and Molly Cavaleri (macavale@mtu.edu) the following information by June 1, 2014:

  1. Applicant information: name, mailing address, email address, College/University assocition, and date of degree.
  2. Presentation title and complete list of authors.
  3. Presentation time, location, and session title.

The Billings Award and New Phytologist Poster Award

Two separate awards recognize significant advancements in physiological ecology; entrants are judged on the rigor, creativity, importance, and presentation of the research.

The winners of the Billings Award and the New Phytologist Poster Award will each receive a cash prize. The winners and honorable mentions will also receive a complimentary book of their choice from Elsevier. Thanks to New Phytologist for contributing to the Billings fund (source of cash prizes) and to Elsevier for providing the complimentary books. We appreciate their support of our Section’s awards competition.

Billings Award

The W.D. and S.M. Billings award is made to the graduate student whose oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America represents a significant advancement in physiological ecology. 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 winner receives a $500 check from the Physiological Ecology section and will be able to select a complimentary book from the Elsevier list of publications (the honorable mention winner also receives a complimentary book of his or her choice from Elsevier). The award recognizes the life-time 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.

New Phytologist Poster Award

This is given to the student with the best physiological ecology poster presentation at the annual ESA meeting. The winner receives a $500 check from the Physiological Ecology section and will be able to select a complimentary book from the Elsevier list of publications (the honorable mention winner also receives a complimentary book courtesy of Elsevier). In 2008 the Section renamed the “Best Poster award” to the “New Phytologist Poster award” in recognition of New Phytologist’s contribution to the Billings Fund.

Eligibility requirements for the Billings and New Phytologist Poster awards:

  1. The student entrant must be first author and presenter for the paper or poster.
  2. “Student” is defined as undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in a degree program or who finished his/her degree within the last 12 months.
  3. The student must be a Physiological Ecology section member at the time of the presentation.
  4. Past winners may not enter the same competition again. Students who received an honorable mention can compete again in the same competition.

To enter either competition:

Please send Joseph Bump (jkbump@mtu.edu) and Molly Cavaleri (macavale@mtu.edu) the following information by June 1, 2014:

  1. Information on the student entrant: name, mailing address, email address, phone number, College/University association, and student status.
  2. Presentation title and complete list of authors.
  3. Presentation time, location, and session title.

For more information about the Physiological Ecology Section or its awards, please visit the section’s website athttp://www.biology.duke.edu/jackson/ecophys/.

Plant Population Ecology

Plant Population Ecology Student Travel Awards

The ESA-PPE provides funds each year for students to travel to the national meeting. The student must:

  1. be the presenter/first author of a talk or poster at the meeting, and
  2. be a member of the section (if you are not sure whether you are up to date with the section dues, please contact membership@esa.org).

If you would like to be considered, please send a *SINGLE PDF FILE* containing your CV and a budget detailing your expected expenses for the meeting to Rachel Spigler at rachel.spigler@temple.edu by May 1, 2014. We plan to inform the selected students by the end of June. If we receive more requests than we have funds available, we will chose recipients based primarily on economic need and geographical distance from their home institution to Sacramento, CA, and secondarily on scientific accomplishments (normalized by academic stage).

Travel support will range between $200-300 and will be given to the winners during the PPE mixer in Sacramento on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Recipients are highly encouraged to attend the PPE mixer to be recognized and to receive the check. Awardees are also expected to serve at the PPE silent auction in Sacramento, which will help fund 2014 travel support awardees.

Plant Population Ecology Postdoctoral Excellence Award

The Plant Population Ecology (PPE) section of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) offers a Postdoctoral Researcher Excellence Award to a postdoctoral member of the PPE whose recent publication best represents the goals of the section.

Eligibility – Awardee must have received his or her PhD within the last 3 years and be a current member of the PPE section. The awardee must be the first author on the publication, which may result from either dissertation or postdoctoral research. Publications in any journal are eligible, provided they were published within the past calendar year (January – December 2013). Manuscripts that were accepted for publication by December 2013 may also be submitted for consideration.

Application – To apply, submit a qualifying manuscript by 5 pm EST on April 15, 2014 to PPE Secretary Rachel Spigler (rachel.spigler@temple.edu).

Award – An award check of U.S. $300 will be presented at the annual meeting of the ESA in Sacramento, CA during the PPE section mixer on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. The recipient is highly encouraged to attend the PPE mixer to be recognized and to receive the check.

Rangeland Ecology Section

Excellence in Rangeland Ecology Research Awards

The Rangeland Ecology section will offer one or more awards each year to support the travel of outstanding graduate and advanced undergraduate students to the ESA annual meeting. We particularly encourage applications from SEEDS chapter members. Awards are $400 and the number of awards given per year depends upon available resources. The award is open to currently-enrolled students within or outside the U.S.

The student must be the presenting author on an oral paper or poster that has been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting. The paper/poster should be applicable to the past, present, and/or future of rangeland systems and could address rangelands from a number of perspectives, including exploration of relationships between organisms, biogeochemical cycles, and people. Rangeland is a broad category of land use including areas classified as grasslands, savannas, wetlands, shrublands, and woodlands. Rangelands 1) are managed as natural ecosystems to balance provision of diverse ecosystem services, 2) are often used historically and/or currently for livestock production, and 3) are tightly coupled human-natural ecosystems, often involving diverse interests in land conditions. The subjects of rangeland ecological studies are broad and include, for example, carbon sequestration, wildlife populations, invasive species, or attitudes of landowners.

Applications are due by May 31, 2014 (via email) and should include:

  • A sheet containing the applicant’s name, professional address, email and phone number, paper/poster title joined to a copy of the accepted abstract, including the paper/poster number and date/session/time of presentation.
  • A recommendation letter from the student’s advisor. A second letter from another member of the student’s committee, a work supervisor, or mentor can be included if desired.
  • A cover letter (no longer than 1 page) written by the student that describes the scientific and applied significance of the presented work for rangeland ecology and the student’s interest in attending the ESA meeting.

Applications should be sent to Section Chair, Lizzie King (egking@uga.edu), with the subject line “Travel Award.”

Applications will be evaluated by a volunteer group of section members and notification will be given by July 1, 2014. Awardees are expected to attend the Rangeland Ecology Section business meeting at the Annual Meeting.

Soil Ecology Section Awards

Student Travel Award

The Soil Ecology Section is sponsoring student travel grants to help support attendance at the 2013 ESA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be both ESA members and current students to be eligible.

Applications are due May 30, 2013.

Best Poster/Best Talk Awards

Each year the Soil Ecology section awards a cash prize recognizing the best student presentation (talk or poster) in soil ecology at the ESA Annual Meeting. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for the Buell and Braun awards, but they need not apply to those competitions. Symposium presentations are eligible for this award. The presentation must describe research used for the graduate (or undergraduate) degree; evaluation criteria are similar to those used for the ESA Buell and Braun Awards. A student may apply several times (in different years) as long as he or she meets the qualifications and has not previously won this award. In some years, separate awards may be made for talk and poster presentations, Section budget allowing.

Students apply for the Section’s award by sending an e-mail (with the subject line “ESA SES Student Award”) to the Section Secretary by May 1, 2013 stating

  1. their interest in being an award candidate that year,
  2. that they, or a co-author, are a member of the ESA Soil Ecology Section, and
  3. that they are eligible for the Buell and Braun Awards.

They must also include or attach a copy of their abstract AND a 250-word or less description of why/how the research presented will advance the field of ecology, with attention to soil ecology. Students who do not submit this statement to the section secretary will NOT be considered for an award.

Contact:

Dr. Jared L. DeForest
Ohio University
315 Porter Hall
Environmental & Plant Biology
Athens, OH 45701

T: 740-593-0742
F: 740-593-1130
Email: deforest@ohio.edu
Web: 
www.esa.org/soilecology

Statistical Ecology Section

E.C. Pielou Student Award

The E.C. Pielou Student Award is a competitive award made to a graduate student or recent Ph.D. graduate based on overall quality of the student’s scientific contribution to statistical ecology, as evidenced by his or her oral presentation at the Annual Meeting. The winner receives $200 and a copy of the E.C. Pielou book of his or her choice.

Applications for the 2014 award will be due July 1, 2014. Applicants must be both members of ESA and of the Statistical Ecology Section to be eligible for this award. For further details, please contact the Section Chair, Perry de Valpine,  at pdevalpine@berkeley.edu.

Student Section Awards

**UCS – ESA-SS ECOSERVICE AWARD**

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), in partnership with the Student Section of the Ecological Society of America (ESA-SS), will honor young scientists for their contributions to the discipline of ecology that have extended beyond the realm of academia and into the broader communities of which they are a part. The goal of this award is to recognize research that promotes application, outreach, and education.

AWARD: The award will consist of a cash prize of $300.

ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION:

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section. Membership in UCS is strongly recommended.
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Student Section’s Award Ceremony at the annual meeting to receive your award.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduates, Masters and Ph.D).
  • Minorities are encouraged to apply.

SELECTION CRITERIA: A panel that includes the Boards of both the ESA-SS and UCS will evaluate each applicant’s contributions to outreach, ecoservice and environmental justice. Applications that show a strong background in application, outreach, and education will be highly valued. For more information on what ecoservice is, please read this article: Salguero-Gómez R, Whiteside M, Talbot J & Laurance W. 2009. After Eco comes Service. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7, 277-278

The application package consists of the following 4 parts:

Submit all materials to students.esa@gmail.com by 5 pm EST, May 16, 2014. Please submit the application package in a single email with the subject “UCS–ESA-SS Ecoservice Award 2014.” Letters of recommendation may be submitted directly to the Student Section in an email with the subject “UCS–ESA-SS Ecoservice Award –RECOMMENDER’S LAST NAME”.

UCS and ESA-SS are equal opportunity organizations. 

**REAL/BROWN TRAVEL AWARDS**

The Student Section offers Real/Brown Travel Awards to encourage student attendance at the annual ESA meeting. These awards target students presenting at the meeting who could not otherwise afford to attend.

AWARD: Domestic travel awards are in the amount of $300; International travel awards are in the amount of $500. Number of awards given in each category varies from year to year.

**NEW THIS YEAR: TRAVEL AWARD WINNERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN A STUDENT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM DURING THE ANNUAL MEETING. DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNED ON OUR NEW WEBSITE (www.esastudents.org) IN APRIL 2014.

ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION:

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section.
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Student Section’s Award Ceremony at the annual meeting to receive your award.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduates, Masters and Ph.D).
  • Minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • We strongly discourage applicants who have access to funding for the meeting.
  • You will be notified of award status by June 1st, 2014.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Student Section board members will evaluate applications based on professional achievements and demonstrated need.

Submit your application form and abstract acceptance confirmation to students.esa@gmail.com by 5 pm EST, May 16, 2014. The applicant must submit the application package in a single email with the subject “ESA-SS travel award 2014”.

* If you have submitted a late-breaking abstract and are waiting to hear about its acceptance, note this on your application and we will take it into consideration.

**ECO-VISION COMPETITION**

The Student Section’s Eco-Vision Competition celebrates photography and multimedia creations that convey an understanding of and appreciation for ecology. Art provides a unique opportunity to communicate scientific ideas in ways more universal and interdisciplinary than traditional outlets, i.e. research talks and publications. This award celebrates those artistic contributions made by members of the ESA.

AWARD: Prizes for Eco-Vision award winners vary from year to year, based on donations from sponsors. Winning submissions will be featured on the Student Section’s website and exhibited during the annual meeting.

ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION:

  • ALL members of ESA are invited to submit entries!
  • All mediums are accepted, but entries must be submitted as photographs—this can mean submitting a photograph as an entry OR submitting a photograph of your art piece.
  • Winners must attend the Student Section’s Award Ceremony at the annual meeting to receive their award.
  • Entries are encouraged to address the 2014 meeting theme: “From Oceans to Mountains: It’s All Ecology.”
  • We will accept up to THREE submissions per applicant, but each applicant can only win one award.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Entries will be judged on their aesthetic qualities and their link to the theme of the annual meeting. Entries that offer contributions to ecological education, ecological communication or have particular technical, aesthetic, and creative qualities are encouraged. Judging for the Eco-Vision Competition is run through Facebook, with submissions voted on by group members and final decisions confirmed by Student Section board members.

Submit your application form and photographs to Tiffany Carey (tctcarey2 (at) gmail.com) by 5 pm EST, June 6th, 2014.

Theoretical Ecology Section - Lotka-Volterra Student Awards

Lotka-Volterra Student Awards

The Theoretical Ecology Section awards the Alfred J. Lotka and Vito Volterra prizes for the best presentations given by students during the Annual Meeting of the ESA.  The award is open to graduate student members of the ESA who, as sole or first author, present a talk or poster at the ESA Annual Meeting describing original research in theoretical ecology.  All suitable approaches that yield theoretical insight to ecological phenomena will be considered.

Prizes will be awarded on the basis of scientific merit, originality, and clarity of presentation.  We are grateful to Sinauer and Elsevier for their continuing support of this competition.  To be considered for this award, prospective candidates must notify an officer of the Theoretical Ecology Section by July 15.  More information about past winners and application guidelines can be found on the section’s website.

Outstanding Theory Paper

The Theoretical Ecology 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 years n-2 and n-1 are eligible for the award in year n.) 

Nominations (including self-nominations) may be made from January 1 to 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.  More information about past winners and application guidelines can be found on the section’s website.

Contacts:
Bruce Kendall, Chair: kendall@bren.ucsb.edu
Marissa
Baskett, Vice-Chair: mlbaskett@ucdavis.edu

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section

With an ESA Long-range Planning Grant, the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Section will be able to support students, promote multiple approaches to ecology, and increase the diversity of ecologists at this year’s Annual Meeting.  The TEK Section is offering five awards in three categories: TEK Student Travel (2); TEK Mentor Recognition (2); and TEK Community Service (1).  Criteria for these awards are as follows:

TEK Student Member Travel Awards (2)

  • TEK Section student member ($250) - for TEK Section student member who is presenting at the ESA Annual Meeting on TEK-related topic.
  • Indigenous student ($250) - for an outstanding Indigenous student with an interest in ecology to attend/present at the ESA Annual Meeting.

TEK Mentor Recognition Awards (2)

  • Research Mentor ($250) - for exemplary research mentoring of the ecological community in applying TEK/LEK to ecology;
  • Cultural Mentor ($250) - for exemplary cultural mentoring of students and early-career faculty in the field of ecology.

TEK Community Service Award (1)

  • Local Community ($200) - for a local community member who has distinguished him/herself working with local community on ecological issues.

Inquiries, applications and nominations for these awards should be addressed to

Dr. Mimi E. Lam
TEK Section Chair
University of British Columbia
Fisheries Centre
2202 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z4

Ph:  (604) 822-3843
Fax:  (604) 822-8934

Email: m.lam@fisheries.ubc.ca
Web: www.esa.org/tek/

In addition to the above specific award criteria, applications and nominations should address how the candidates further the mission of the ESA TEK Section:

  • to promote the understanding, dissemination and respectful use of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological research, application and education;
  • to encourage education in traditional ecological knowledge;
  • to stimulate research which incorporates the traditional knowledge and participation of indigenous people;
  • to increase participation by indigenous people in the ESA;
  • to foster understanding of indigenous and local knowledge in relationship to place;
  • and to facilitate communication among people with diverse ways of knowing, both within ESA and between ESA and other communities.

Applications and nominations should consist of a cover letter addressing the specific award criteria in relation to the mission of the TEK Section, as well as any supporting documents, such as a copy of presentation abstract accepted for the ESA 2013 Annual Meeting, summary of ecological research and interests; examples of research and cultural mentoring effectiveness; demonstrations of local community service in ecology; and recommendation letters.  Preference for the recognition and service awards will be given to those that will attend the ESA 2013 Annual Meeting.  Deadline for receipt of applications and nominations is June 1, 2013.  Successful applicants and award recipients will be notified by July 1, 2013.

Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section

Student Travel Awards

The Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section will award three student travel grants of $300 each to assist with expenses at the 2013 ESA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Applications should include a meeting abstract, statement of need (<300 words), and a letter of recommendation, and should be submitted to the Section Chair with the subject line “Travel Award” by May 1, 2013. Recipients will be notified no later than July 16, 2013.

Web: www.esa.org/urbanecosystem/

Vegetation Section

Ton Damman Award

The Ton Damman Award recognizes the lifetime dedication of Ton Damman to the advancement of Vegetation Science. While his professional career revolved around his research on peatland ecology, biogeography, plant community classification and ecology, his teaching focused on broader plant ecological issues. Working with his students and other colleagues, he approached his research with unparalleled commitment and untiring zeal. He was an ardent conservationist of wildlands and biological diversity. His love for the out-of-doors served as a model for the many students and professionals with whom he came into contact.

The Ton Damman Award will be given to a graduate student or very recent post-graduate scientist for the best oral presentation in Vegetation Science at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Students competing for the Damman Award must meet all the criteria for ESA’s Buell Award. A candidate for this award need not be a member of the Vegetation Section, but does need to be senior author of the abstract and give the oral presentation at the annual meeting. The recipient will receive a framed certificate and cash award.

Application Process: Applicants for the Ton Damman award should contact Vegetation Section Secretary, Loretta Battaglia, by email at lbattaglia@plant.siu.edu by July 15, 2013, indicating that they wish to be considered for the Ton Damman Award.  In the message to the Secretary, the student must describe in a very succinct paragraph how the paper to be presented conforms to the objectives of the Ton Damman Award.  For more information on the application process, please visit the Vegetation Section’s award page:http://www.esa.org/vegetation/?q=content/ton-damman-award.

Evaluation Process: At the meeting, the Buell judges review all presentations that are simultaneously being considered for the Buell and Damman Awards.

The Vegetation Section Chair sends the Buell Chair a list of the “Ton Damman” competitors, and gets their review forms from the Buell Chair after the annual meeting. The Secretary then compiles the scores and judge’s comments and sends them to the other Vegetation Section Officers (Secretary, Chair Elect, Past Chair). The officers reach agreement on the awardee based on the Buell judge’s forms. The Section Chair then emails the Damman Award candidates notifying them of the outcome of the award.

Mid-Atlantic Chapter

 Student Travel Award

First place winners from each “Best Presentation” category at the chapter meeting may request an addition $500 travel award to offset the cost of attending the 2013 ESA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.  The student must be presenting a talk or poster at the national meeting to be eligible, and must be a graduate or undergraduate student at the time of their application.  For more information, contact Dr. Kevina Vulinec, Delaware State University (kvulinec@desu.edu).

Southwestern Chapter

Student Travel Award

The Southwest Chapter has two travel awards ($350 each) available for students to support travel to the Annual ESA Meeting. Students wishing to apply for an award should forward a copy of application materials to Dawn Browning, Chair of the Southwestern Chapter by May 15, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified of their award by June 15, 2013. Awardees are required to attend the Southwest Chapter business meeting at the Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Applications will be judged by Southwest Chapter elected officers. Criteria for the awards will be overall quality of the abstract, progress of the student towards their degree, and the degree to which the abstract and research reflect ecological issues relevant to the American Southwest.

Eligibility

Applicants must be the presenting author of a paper or poster that has been accepted for presentation at the 2013 Annual ESA meeting. Applicants must be enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students at the time of their application. The student must be a member of the Southwestern Chapter at the time of their application. To join ESA and this chapter, visit eservices.esa.org. If you have already renewed your membership, but have not added the Southwestern Chapter, please contact membership@esa.org for assistance.  Students, co-authors, employees, and relatives of current section officers are ineligible for this award.

Application materials (due May 15, 2013 via email) include:

  1. A copy of the abstract accepted by ESA for presentation at the annual meeting, including the paper/poster number and date/session/time of presentation;
  2. A cover letter from the student describing the nature, importance, and relevance of the research to be presented and the student’s interest in attending the ESA meeting; and
  3. A letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor.

Complete applications should be sent to Dawn Browning, Southwest Chapter Chair at dbrownin”at”nmsu.edu, with the subject line “2013 ESA Southwest Chapter Student Travel Application.”