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:  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 15, 2014 to  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.