Ecological Forecasting Outstanding Publication Award
This award will be given annually in recognition of an outstanding scholarly publication (peer-reviewed journal article, book chapter, or book) published within the last three years in the emerging field of Ecological Forecasting. The scope of the award is broad, spanning any ecological system, process, and spatio-temporal scale. It encompasses research, both basic and applied, that generates predictions or projections, or which advances forecasting methods, tools, theories, or concepts.
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Nominations are open to all career stages, and self nominations are permitted, but in all cases the lead author must be a member of the Ecological Society of America. Eligible papers must be peer-reviewed with a publication date on or after January 1 three years prior to the current deadline (e.g. papers for the March 2019 deadline need to have been published after Jan. 1, 2016). Papers in press will also be considered but must be publicly available (e.g., online early). Please note the date of acceptance and date the paper became available publicly in the cover letter for papers in press. Nominations should include a PDF copy of the paper and a brief (< 1 page) cover letter highlighting the paper’s contribution to, and impact on, ecological forecasting. Materials should be sent to the Award’s Committee Chair, Mike Dietze (firstname.lastname@example.org), in an email with subject heading “Ecological Forecasting Award”. The annual deadline for the nominations will be March 1.
The award winner will receive a prize of $200 and recognition on the ESA Stats Ecology website. The winner will be announced at the annual Statistical Ecology Section social at the ESA annual meeting.
Quinn Thomas and colleagues won the inaugural Ecological Forecasting Award for their paper: Thomas, R. Q., et al. 2017. Leveraging 35 years of Pinus taeda research in the southeastern US to constrain forest carbon cycle predictions: regional data assimilation using ecosystem experiments. Biogeosciences 14:3525-3547.
E. C. Pielou Award
The E.C. Pielou Award is a competitive award made annually 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.
To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled as a graduate student, or have received your degree within a calendar year of the ESA meeting, and be a member of the Statistical Ecology section of the ESA. The ESA presentation must include novel statistical research such as the development of new statistical methods or innovative application of an existing statistical method to an ecological question. The student must apply for the Pielou award by sending an email with the subject line “Pielou Award” to the Section Chair, by July 12. Include your name, address, phone number, electronic mail address, and a copy of the abstract in the body of your e-mail. The officers of the Statistical Ecology Section will assemble a committee that will judge the student presentations.
The award winner will receive a prize of $200, a copy of a book by Pielou (winner’s choice), and recognition on the ESA Stats Ecology website. The previous year’s winner will be announced at the annual Statistical Ecology Section social at the ESA annual meeting.
Catherine Foley won the Pielou Award for best student talk for her presentation: Estimating the pre-exploitation population size of Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) in South Georgia.