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Awards

Nomination process and schedule

Nominations for awards to authors for specific publications (George Mercer Award, W. S. Cooper Award, and Sustainability Science Award) should include a letter of nomination with the full citation, and a copy of the publication (electronic if possible). Nominations for awards to an individual for a body of work (Eminent Ecologist Award, Odum Education Award, Honorary Member Award, and Distinguished Service Citation) should include a curriculum vitae, a letter of nomination, and no more than three additional letters of support. Unless otherwise stated, nominees may be of any nationality or place of residence with priority given to ESA members.  To be given full consideration, nominations for awards should be emailed to awards@esa.org as a single PDF file. For Fellow and Early Career Fellow nominations, please submit via the online form link included in the respective section below. We welcome nominations that reflect the diversity of the Society’s membership.

The deadline for the 2019 ESA Student (Buell/Braun) Award Application has been extended until Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 5:00pm EST (2:00pm PT).  Details are posted below.

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. Recipients receive lifetime active membership in the Society. Recent recipients include Jane Lubchenco, Eric Pianka, Jerry Franklin, and Diana Wall. See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare the nomination, with further queries directed to Mark McPeak, Chair, Eminent Ecologist Award Subcommittee: mark.mcpeek@dartmouth.edu.

Robert H. MacArthur Award

The Robert H. MacArthur Award is 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 25 years from PhD.

Tony Ives, arives@wisc.edu, is the MacArthur Award chair.

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 Nathaniel Wheelwright, Bob Pohlad, Carolyn Thomas, and Kathleen Weathers. See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Vikki Rodgers, vrodgers@babson.edu, Chair, Eugene Odum Education Award Subcommittee.

Honorary Member Award

The Honorary Member Award is not open this year

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 Shine, and Christian Kӧrner. For more information about the award, please contact Osvaldo Sala, Osvaldo.Sala@asu.edu, Chair for the Honorary Member Award Subcommittee.

The Honorary Member Award is not open this year

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. Nomination letters should include the birth date(s) of the eligible author(s) and explain the novelty and importance of the paper. The paper must have been published in 2017 or 2018 to be eligible for this year’s award. Recent recipients include Douglas Rasher, Marcelo Ardón, Jennifer Gremer, and Jennifer Williams. See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Meghan Duffy, Chair, George Mercer Award Subcommittee duffymeg@umich.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). Recent recipients include Scott Wing and colleagues, Carissa Brown and Mark Vellend, Etienne Laliberté and colleagues, and Andrew Trant and colleagues. See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Jacquelyn Gill, Chair, W.S. Cooper Award Subcommittee jacquelyn.gill@maine.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 Alan Covich, Janet Lanza, Don Strong, Carol Brewer, and Debra Peters.

See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Jill Baron, Chair, Distinguished Service Citation Subcommittee: jill.baron@colostate.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 five years. Recent recipients are Pamela Matson, Fikret Berkes, Margaret Palmer and J.B. Ruhl, and Jianguo Liu and colleagues. See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Matt Liebman, Chair, Sustainability Science Award Subcommittee mliebman@iastate.edu.

Innovation in Sustainability Science Award

The Innovation in Sustainability Science Award is given to the authors of a peer-review paper published in the past five years that exemplifies leading edge work on solution pathways to sustainability challenges. The award recognizes that the application of sustainability science is enabled by linking ecological science with advances in other biophysical disciplines, engineering, the social sciences (e.g., economics, anthropology, public policy, governance), and other fields. The award recognizes higher risk ideas that are yet to be fully tested but hold great promise for achieving a sustainable world. Recent recipients are Ariana Sutton-Grier and colleagues, and Ian Donohue and colleagues. See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Kay Gross, Chair, Innovation in Sustainability Science Award Subcommittee grossk@kbs.msu.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 toward increasing the diversity of future ecologists through mentoring, teaching, or outreach. Recent recipients include Charles Nilon, Mary McKenna, Frank Day, and Gillian Bowser.

See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Carmen Cid, Chair, Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Subcommittee:  cid@easternct.edu.

Robert H. Whittaker Awards

There are two Whittaker Awards, both recognize ecologists who are not U.S. citizens and who reside outside the U.S.

  1. The Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist award is an honorary award that recognizes an ecologist with an earned doctorate and an outstanding record of contributions in ecology.
  2. The Whittaker Travel Award specifically recognizes an outstanding ecologist in a developing country. They can be at any career stage. The Whittaker Travel Award provides funds for travel to the United States for research or to attend the ESA meeting, covering expenses up to $1200.

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 short description how the awardee intends to use the award (for the travel award only), a letter of nomination providing the rationale for the award, and no more than two additional letters of support.

See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Sasha Reed, screed@usgs.gov, Chair, Robert H. Whittaker Award Subcommittee.

The Forrest Shreve Student Research Fund

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.

An award given annually of $1000-2000 is available to support research in the hot deserts of North America: Sonoran, Mojave, Chihuahuan, 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.

See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Sasha Reed, Chair, Forrest Shreve Student Research Fund screed@usgs.gov.

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. 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 a contributed talk 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 presenting a contributed talk or poster 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 following ESA Annual Meeting. The student will also receive up to $700 for travel expenses to the Annual Meeting.

 

How To Apply – Updated April 24, 2019

Download application

To apply, download and complete the application form and email it to awards@esa.org.  Award applications are due on Thursday, May 16, 2019 by 5:00 PM Eastern (2:00 PM Pacific).

Buell/Braun who cancel their presentation should also notify the Buell Braun coordinator at awards@esa.org.

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

Judges are needed to evaluate candidates for the Murray F. Buell Award and the E. Lucy Braun Award at every Annual Meeting. Each candidate will be assigned at least four judges with expertise in the specific subject of the presentation. Each judge is asked to evaluate 3-5 papers and/or posters. Current students are not eligible to judge. This is a great way to become involved in an important ESA activity. We need your help to make sure all of the candidates are fairly evaluated! If you would be willing to judge presentations please let us know by sending an email to buellbraun@esa.org.

See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Phoebe Zarnetske, plz@msu.edu, Chair, Murray F. Buell Award and E. Lucy Braun Award Subcommittee.

 

ESA Fellows Program

* Incomplete nominations will not be reviewed.

ESA designates as Fellows of the Society certain members who have made 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, nonprofit 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 nonstudent, dues-paying member.
  • A nominee is expected to have been a member of the profession for at least 15 years. In most cases, this will be interpreted to mean 15 years from Ph.D.
  • 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 must be made by three members of ESA excluding members of the Fellows Selection Committee. No ESA member can nominate more than two individuals in a year. Nomination packets will be considered for three years in a row without resubmission, although nominators are strongly encouraged to submit updated nominations.

Nominations should be submitted through the online form and will require the following information:

  1. The names of the three nominators
  2. The name of the nominee and year she/he earned a PhD.
  3. A citation of at most 50 words proposed for use if the nominee is selected to be a Fellow. Examples of citations can be found on the ESA Fellows Website, by clicking on any of the past Fellows’ names.
  4. A letter of nomination that describes the nominee’s most significant contributions and her/his impact in the areas of research & discovery, communication & outreach, teaching & pedagogy, and/or application to management & policy. Details regarding the criteria used by the Selection Committee for evaluating significant contributions and impact can be found below.
  5. Up to two additional letters of support may be included to provide detailed insight about a nominee’s professional accomplishments and contributions. These letters can come from anyone, including non-members.
  6. A curriculum vitae of at most four pages. The CV should include evidence of outstanding contributions as outlined under the eligibility criteria and should be organized as follows: education, positions held, awards and honors, 10-15 select publications (and total number), current and recent grants, and select professional activity (including in research & development, communication & outreach, teaching & pedagogy, application to management & policy, and service to the discipline).

Criteria for evaluating significant contributions and impact:

Below are some possible indicators of excellence that the selection committee will consider in selecting Fellows, so nominators and letter writers should speak to these in crafting their letters; these should not be viewed as an exclusive or complete list. Of course, Early Career Fellows and ESA Fellows will be evaluated against standards that are appropriate to their respective career stage.

Indicators of excellence include but are not restricted to the following:

Research and Discovery: Exceptional intellectual contributions (e.g., as described by nominator and letter writers), high quality publications, high impact publications (e.g., high number of citations), high numbers of publications, large numbers of significant grants, evidence of exceptional leadership in research (e.g. leadership on major collaborative projects).

Communication/Outreach, Education/Pedagogy: Creation of media for the public that effectively communicates science, significant engagement with stakeholder groups, organization of citizen science efforts, legislative testimony, large numbers of graduate students and postdocs mentored, placement of graduate students and postdocs in competitive positions, high quantity of undergraduate students mentored, high quality of undergraduate student mentorship (e.g., publication/professional meeting attendance with undergraduates), leadership in training/mentoring (e.g., at a programmatic level), significant grants related to communication/outreach or education/pedagogy, leadership in communication/outreach or education/pedagogy, leadership in producing national and international reports, exceptional service to the discipline (e.g., editorships, holding executive positions in societies).

Application to Management/Policy: Significant development and codification of policy or management strategies; outstanding work within agencies, NGOs, or the private sector to effect policy or management change; significant and outstanding service on advisory boards to agencies (e.g., state, federal), NGOs, or businesses; other evidence of contributions to the application of ecology to management or policy.

Apply

* Incomplete nominations will not be reviewed.

Finally, please confirm that your nominee is a current member of ESA; we have had to reject some very worthy candidates because they are not current members of ESA and therefore not eligible to be ESA Fellows

If further guidance is needed for preparing your nomination, inquiries should be directed to Sarah Hobbie, Chair, ESA Fellows Subcommittee: shobbie@umn.edu

ESA Early Career Fellows Program

Call for Nominations

ESA designates an Early Career Fellow of the Society as 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, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.

Eligibility criteria

Any current nonstudent 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 Fellow must be made by three members of ESA excluding members of the Fellows Selection Committee. No ESA member can nominate more than two individuals in a year. Nomination packets will be considered for three years in a row without resubmission, although nominators are strongly encouraged to submit updated nominations.

Nominations should be submitted through the online form and will require the following information:

  1. The names of the three nominators
  2. A citation of at most 50 words proposed for use if the nominee is selected to be an Early Career Fellow. Examples of citations can be found on the ESA Fellows Website, by clicking on any of the past Fellows’ names.
  3. A letter of nomination that describes the nominee’s most significant contributions and her/his impact in the areas of research & discovery, communication & outreach, teaching & pedagogy, and/or application to management & policy. Details regarding the criteria used by the Selection Committee for evaluating significant contributions and impact can be found below.
  4. Up to two additional letters of support may be included to provide detailed insight about a nominee’s professional accomplishments and contributions. These letters can come from anyone, including non-members.
  5. A curriculum vitae of at most four pages. The CV should include evidence of outstanding contributions as outlined under the eligibility criteria and should be organized as follows: education, positions held, awards and honors, 10-15 select publications (and total number), current and recent grants, and select professional activity (including in research & development, communication and outreach, teaching and pedagogy, application to management & policy, and service to the discipline).

Criteria for evaluating significant contributions and impact:

Below are some possible indicators of excellence that the selection committee will consider in selecting Fellows, so nominators and letter writers should speak to these in crafting their letters; these should not be viewed as an exclusive or complete list. Of course, Early Career Fellows and ESA Fellows will be evaluated against standards that are appropriate to their respective career stage.

Indicators of excellence include but are not restricted to the following:

Research and Discovery: Exceptional intellectual contributions (e.g., as described by nominator and letter writers), high quality publications, high impact publications (e.g., high number of citations), high numbers of publications, large numbers of significant grants, evidence of exceptional leadership in research (e.g. leadership on major collaborative projects).

Communication/Outreach, Education/Pedagogy: Creation of media for the public that effectively communicates science, significant engagement with stakeholder groups, organization of citizen science efforts, legislative testimony, large numbers of graduate students and postdocs mentored, placement of graduate students and postdocs in competitive positions, high quantity of undergraduate students mentored, high quality of undergraduate student mentorship (e.g., publication/professional meeting attendance with undergraduates), leadership in training/mentoring (e.g., at a programmatic level), significant grants related to communication/outreach or education/pedagogy, leadership in communication/outreach or education/pedagogy, leadership in producing national and international reports, exceptional service to the discipline (e.g., editorships, holding executive positions in societies).

Application to Management/Policy: Significant development and codification of policy or management strategies; outstanding work within agencies, NGOs, or the private sector to effect policy or management change; significant and outstanding service on advisory boards to agencies (e.g., state, federal), NGOs, or businesses; other evidence of contributions to the application of ecology to management or policy.

Apply

* Incomplete nominations will not be reviewed.

Finally, please confirm that your nominee is a current member of ESA; we have had to reject some very worthy candidates because they are not current members of ESA and therefore not eligible to be ESA Early Career Fellows

If further guidance is needed for preparing your nomination, inquiries should be directed to Sarah Hobbie, Chair, ESA Early Career Fellows Subcommittee: shobbie@umn.edu

Other Awards

Desert Ecology-Forrest Shreve Award

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.

An award given annually of $1000-2000 is available to support research in the hot deserts of North America: Sonoran, Mojave, Chihuahuan, 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.

See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Sasha Reed, Chair, Forrest Shreve Student Research Fund screed@usgs.gov.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

  • Eminent Ecologist Award: Robert D. Holt
  • Distinguished Service Citation: Charles D. Canham
  • Eugene P. Odom Award for Excellence in Ecology Education: Ricardo Rozzi
  • Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award: Maria N. Miriti
  • Robert H. Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist Award: Jingyun Fang
  • W.S. Cooper Award: Songlin Fei, Johanna M. Desprez, Kevin M. Potter, Insu Jo, Jonathan A. Knott, and Christopher M. Oswalt
  • George Mercer Award: Jesmer, Brett R., Merkle, Jerod A., Goheen, Jacob R., Aikens, Ellen O., Beck, Jeffrey L., Courtemanch, Alyson B., Hurley, Mark A., McWhirter, Douglas E., Miyasaki, Hollie M., Monteith, Kevin L., and Kauffman, Matthew J.
  • Sustainability Science Award: McPhearson, T., S.T.A. Pickett, N.R. Grimm, J. Niemela, M. Alberti, T. Elmqvist, C. Weber, D. Haase, J. Breuste, and S. Qureshi
  • Innovation in Sustainability Science Award: Bennett, E.M., M. Solan, R. Biggs, T. McPhearson, A.V. Norström, P. Olsson, L., Pereira, G.D. Peterson, C. Raudsepp-Hearne, F. Biermann, S.R. Carpenter, E.C. Ellis, T. Hichert, V. Galaz, M. Lahsen, M. Milkoreit, B. Martin López, K.A. Nicholas, R., Preiser, G. Vince, J.M. Vervoort, and J. Xu.

Learn more about the 2019 ESA Awards Recipients

View past winners:

Latin American Chapter (2019)

Five (5) travel awards worth $400 USD each will be awarded to members of the Latin American Chapter attending the ESA Annual Meeting at Louisville, KY. Applications will be received until June 14th (11:59pm EST). The awards will be handed out in person at the conference.

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must be:

  • a member of ESA
  • a member of the Latin American Chapter

All chapter members can and are encouraged to apply. To promote and facilitate student participation, priority will be given to students located in Latin America (Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, and South America) presenting at the Annual Meeting.

Application requirements:

  • Complete application form (available here: ). This form requires:
    • basic personal information
    • copy of the abstract submitted to ESA Annual Meeting
    • short explanation of the importance of attending the Meeting (250 words)
  • Additional requirement for students: Letter from advisor or program director certifying student status; this letter should be uploaded to the digital application form. If uploading a document is not possible, the letter can be sent as an attachment via email.

Southeastern Chapter (2019)

Eugene P. Odum Award 

The Eugene P. Odum Award is sponsored by the Southeastern Chapter of the Ecological Society of America. This award is given annually for the best student oral presentation  on ecological research at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists [ASB]. 

How to Apply for the Eugene P. Odum Award

  1. Recipient must be an undergraduate or graduate student.
  2. To be considered for the award, the student must: [a] submit an abstract and all pertinent information [including a request to be considered for the Odum Award] to the ASB meeting Program Director by the last date for submission of abstracts as published in the Southeastern Biology, and [b] submit a copy of the abstract and pertinent information to the Chair of the Odum Award Committee on or before the last date of submission of the abstracts. Failing to submit an abstract to the Chair of the Award Committee will result in that student NOT being considered for the award.
  3. The research presented for considered for the award must primarily be of the student’s own design and must be a culmination of their work. Presentations that describe just preliminary work and data will NOT be considered for the award. The student must present the paper described by the submitted abstract [within reason]. Presentation of a totally different project will result in the student NOT being considered for the award.
  4. See the “Call for Papers” (September) issue of Southeastern Biology for details on submitting your abstract for the meeting and for the award.

Elsie Quarterman-Catherine Keever Award

The Elsie Quarterman-Catherine Keever Award is sponsored by the Southeastern Chapter of the Ecological Society of America. This award is given annually for the most outstanding student poster presentation on ecological research at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists [ASB].

How to Apply for the Quarterman-Keever Award

  1. Recipient must be an undergraduate or graduate student.
  2. To be considered for the award, the student must: [a] submit an abstract and all pertinent information [including a request to be considered for the Quarterman-Keever Award] to the ASB meeting Program Director by the last date for submission of abstracts as published in the Southeastern Biology, and [b] submit a copy of the abstract and pertinent information to the Chair of the Quarterman-Keever Award Committee on or before the last date of submission of the abstracts. Failing to submit an abstract to the Chair of the Award Committee will result in that student NOT being considered for the award.
  3. The research presented for considered for the award must primarily be of the student’s own design and must be a culmination of their work. Presentations that describe just preliminary work and data will NOT be considered for the award. The student must present the paper described by the submitted abstract [within reason]. Presentation of a totally different project will result in the student NOT being considered for the award.
  4. See the “Call for Papers” (September) issue of Southeastern Biology for details on submitting your abstract for the meeting and for the award.

Search for additional Awards available through ESA and other Chapters and Sections.
(For additional awards available for the annual ASB meeting, see here).

Student Travel Awards

The Southeastern Chapter sponsors one graduate and one undergraduate award, each for $250 plus a ticket to the banquet, to support travel to the Chapter’s annual regional meeting with the Association of Southeastern Biologists in April.  Applications should follow the guidelines for ASB travel awards and be submitted directly to ASB during abstract submission (usually mid-February).

The Southeastern Chapter sponsors two $300 graduate student awards to support travel to ESA.  The student must be the presenting author on a paper or poster.  To apply, send the following information to Beverly Collins (collinsb@email.wcu.edu) by May 1, 2019:  a copy of the ESA abstract, brief statement that details other (if any) funding for the travel, and brief supporting statement from the advisor or other faculty member.

Southwestern Chapter (2019)

The Southwest Chapter of ESA is sponsoring travel grants to help support student travel to the 2019 ESA meeting. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Requirements:

  1. The student or the faculty mentor must be a current member of the Southwest Chapter
  2. The student must be giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster at the meeting (i.e., must have an accepted abstract)

Complete and email this application form to Dr. Akasha M. Faist with the email subject “Southwestern Chapter Travel Application.”

Applications are due May 30, 2019.


Agroecology Section (2019)

Student Travel Award 2019

The Agroecology Section seeks to support ESA Annual Meeting attendance by students, especially those working in sustainable agriculture and studying management within an ecological context. The Agroecology Section offers travel awards for students presenting papers or posters at the ESA Annual Meeting. The following describes the policies and procedures of the Section on supporting student travel to the Annual Meeting.

Apply by email, attaching a single PDF with all application materials, to the Agroecology Chair Sarah Davis (daviss6@ohio.edu). Reference letters may be included in this single PDF or may be sent separately with the nominee’s name in the subject line. Notification of successful applicants will be made in July. Applications that do not comply with the format and eligibility requirements will not be considered.

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. We anticipate 2-3 awards.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2019

Application Requirement: Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document that includes the following:

  1. Name and institutional affiliation of the applicant
  2. Date of expected graduation
  3. Title and abstract for oral or poster presentation
  4. Statement describing the impact of the research (400 words or less)
  5. A letter of support from the student’s research advisor, confirming eligibility of student for the award and need for travel support. (If the advising professor prefers to send the letter directly via a separate email, this is also acceptable.)
  6. CV or resume of the nominee
  7. Statement of other funding sources that will support your attendance at the meeting.

Applications will be evaluated by Section officers or a panel of judges that may be appointed by the Section Chair according to the following criteria: (I) the quality of the work and its relevance to agroecology (your explanation of the contribution that your research makes directly to the field of Agroecology and any broader impacts), (ii) intellectual merit of the research, (iii) professional achievements, and (iv) demonstrated need. We strongly discourage applications from persons with access to other funding for the meeting.

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. Applicants must be a member of the Agroecology Section and attend the Agroecology-sponsored event at the annual ESA meeting where the award will be presented. Past winners of this award are not eligible.

Submission: Title the application document with the applicants last name as [Name]_AgroecologyTravel. Application documents should be compiled as a single pdf and email to the Agroecology Section Chair, at daviss6@ohio.edu.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2019

PLOS ONE Future Crops Travel Award 2019

The Agroecology Section and the editors of Future Crops, a special call for papers from PLOS ONE, have joined forces to support ESA Annual Meeting attendance by researchers presenting work related to resilient crops of the future. This travel award will be awarded to an outstanding Agroecology Section member that is presenting a paper or poster about resilient crops.

Please apply by email, attaching a single PDF with all application materials, to Agroecology Chair Sarah Davis (daviss6@ohio.edu). Notification of successful applicants will be made in July. Applications that do not comply with the format and eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Amount of Support: $800 (depending on the quality and need of applicants, two awards of $400 may be dispersed)

Application Deadline: June 20, 2019

Application Requirement: Applications must be submitted as a single pdf document that includes the following:

  1. Name and institutional affiliation of the applicant
  2. Title and abstract for oral or poster presentation
  3. Statement describing the impact of the research for future resilient crops (500 words or less)
  4. CV or resume
  5. Statement of other funding sources that will support attendance at the meeting

Applications will be evaluated by Section officers according to the following criteria: (I) the quality of the work and its relevance to the Future Crops theme , (ii) intellectual merit of the research, (iii) professional achievements, and (iv) demonstrated need. 

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 a member of the Agroecology Section and attend the Agroecology-sponsored event at the annual ESA meeting where the award will be presented. 

Submission: Title the application document with the applicants last name as [Name]_AgroecologyTravel. Application documents should be compiled as a single pdf and email to the Agroecology Section Chair, at daviss6@ohio.edu.

DEADLINE: June 20, 2019

Invasion Ecology Section (2019)

2019 Simberloff Award For Outstanding Presentation

The Invasion Ecology Section is excited to continue its support for excellence in student research. This award is sponsored by our section, Biological Invasions, and Springer International Publishing to recognize the contributions of Editor-in-Chief Daniel Simberloff to the study of nonnative species. The award will be given to two students at ESA’s annual meeting who embody Simberloff’s creativity, intelligence, and passion for studying and understanding the biology of nonnative organisms.

The winner of each award will receive a $250 cash award and will be announced in Biological Invasions. Entrants are judged on the rigor, creativity, importance, and quality of presentation of the research, and may apply

Eligibility requirements:

  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 an Invasion Ecology section member at the time of the presentation. Not a member of the Invasion Ecology section? No problem — it’s easy to join. Just go to the ESA membership site for more information.  
  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 the competitions:

Please send Lauren Smith-Ramesh (laurensmithramesh@gmail.com) the following information by June 1, 2019:

  1. Your name, current mailing address, email address, phone number, College/University association, and student status.
  2. Presentation title and complete list of authors.
  3. Presentation date and time

Physiological Ecology Section (2019)

Applications are now being accepted for the Physiological Ecology Section’s awards for attendees at the ESA 2019 Annual Meeting:

  1. Student travel awards (applications due May 15, 2019)
  2. Billings Oral Presentation Award (applications due June 15, 2019)
  3. New Phytologist Poster Award (applications due June 15, 2019)
  4. Plant Cell & Environment Postdoctoral Award (applications due June 15, 2019)

The student competitions are open to undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a degree program or who have finished their degree within the last 12 months, and are not past winners. All awardees must be Section Members at the time of presentation to be eligible for any award. 

We are also seeking judges for the presentation awards. If you are available to serve as a judge for student travel awards (assessing brief applications prior to the meeting) or talks/posters at this year’s meeting, please send us an email.  Many, many thanks in advance.

Eligibility for travel awards:

  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. To join, go to http://eservices.esa.org. On the application form scroll down to “Section & Chapter Affiliation” and select “Physiological Ecology Section”. Annual membership dues are $5. You can join us at any time, but you must be a member of ESA.
  3. Award recipients must also enter either the Billings or New Phytologist poster award competitions.

To apply for a travel award:

Please send both Jason West (jbwest@tamu.edu) and David Moore (davidjpmoore@email.arizona.edu) the following information by May 15, 2019:

  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)

Eligibility requirements for the Billings and New Phytologist Poster awards:

  1. The entrant must be first author and presenter for the paper or poster and either an undergraduate or graduate student.
  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. Not a member of the Physiological Ecology section? No problem — it’s easy to join. Just go to the ESA membership site, and on the application form select “Physiological Ecology Section”. Annual membership dues are $5. You can join us at any time, but you must be a member of ESA. If you’re not already a member of ESA, you can use the link above to join ESA at the same time. ESA memberships run January-December, regardless of when you join.
  4. Past winners may not enter the same competition again. Students who received an honorable mention can compete again in the same competition.

Eligibility requirements for the New Phytologist awards are the same as above, but the entrant must be a postdoctoral scholar.

To apply for presentation awards, please send Jason West (jbwest@tamu.edu) and David Moore (davidjpmoore@email.arizona.edu) the following information by June 15, 2019:

  1. Information on the 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.

If you have any questions, please email us: jbwest@tamu.edu or davidjpmoore@email.arizona.edu

Plant Population Ecology Section (2019)

Postdoctoral Excellence Award in Plant Population Ecology

The Plant Population Ecology (PPE) section of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Postdoctoral Excellence Award in Plant Population Ecology, sponsored by the non-profit open-access journal AoBP (AoB PLANTS). This honor is presented at ESA’s annual meeting each August and recognizes a distinguished journal contribution to plant population ecology by a postdoctoral member of the PPE section. The winner will receive an award of $500 from AoBP. The journal, published by Oxford University Press since 2010, includes Sections emphasizing Populations and Communities (edited by Jean Burns), Evolution and Diversity (edited by Jeremy Beaulieu), Plants, Ecosystems and Climate (edited by Mary Heskel), Form and Function (edited by Kate McCulloh) and Agroecology and Environment (edited by Amelie Gaudin). AoBP renders first decisions on most manuscripts within 35 days, and has a 2017 Impact Factor of 2.821.

Eligibility – Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degrees between January 1, 2016 and Dec 31, 2018 and be a current member of the PPE section (if applicants are not a member of ESA or the PPE section, they can join prior to applying). Applicants must be 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 2018). Manuscripts that were accepted for publication by December 2018 may also be submitted for consideration. Only one publication will be considered per applicant. 

Application – To apply, submit as a single, merged pdf file with both a qualifying manuscript and a 200-word statement describing how the paper advances the field of plant population ecology. Applications should be emailed to the PPE Secretary Nick Barber (nbarber@sdsu.edu) by 5 pm EDT on 30 April 2019, using “ESA PPE – AoBP Postdoc Award” as the subject line.

Applications will be assessed by the PPE Executive Board. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the ESA during the PPE section mixer in Louisville. The recipient is strongly encouraged to attend the PPE mixer to be recognized and to accept the award.

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 Nick Barber (nbarber@sdsu.edu) by 5pm EDT on May 1, 2019, using “ESA PPE – AoBP Postdoc Award” as the subject line. Please include in your budget other anticipated sources of funding or a statement indicating whether no other funds are available for your travel. We plan to inform the selected students by the end of June.

Travel support may range between $200-300 and will be given to the winners during the PPE mixer in Louisville. Recipients are highly encouraged to attend the PPE mixer to be recognized and to receive the check. Awardees are also expected to dedicate time at the PPE fund raiser table during the conference, which will help fund future student travel awards.

Rangeland Ecology Section (2019)

Excellence in Rangeland Ecology Research Awards

The Rangeland Ecology section will offer one or more awards in 2019 to support the travel of outstanding graduate and advanced undergraduate students to the ESA annual meeting. Awards are up to $400 and the number of awards given each year depends on available resources. The paper/poster should be applicable to the past, present, and/or future of rangeland systems and can address range ecology and/or range systems from any perspective. Rangeland is a broad category, including areas classified as grassland, savanna, wetland, shrubland and woodland in pastoral, agro-pastoral and sylvopastoral settings, with livestock or wildlife. The subjects of range ecology studies are also broad and can include, for example, plant, animal and/or microbial dynamics, plant-herbivore interactions, livestock or wildlife dynamics, biogeochemical cycles and carbon sequestration, invasive species, and/or the socialecological and economic processes impacting land use, management and human societies occupying and utilizing rangelands. The student must be the presenting author on an oral paper or poster submitted for presentation at the ESA annual meeting. The award is open to currently enrolled students within or outside the U.S., and applications from Range Ecology Section student members and SEEDS chapter members are particularly encouraged. As a section we are committed to broadening the participation of under-represented and marginalized groups including minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, first-generation students, veterans/military personnel, etc., and invite these scholars to self-identify if they wish this information to be considered in the selection process.

Applications are due by March 31, 2019 (via email) and should be sent as a single PDF file including the following elements:

  • A cover page containing the applicant’s name, professional address, email and phone number, and the title of the accepted paper or poster that will be presented at the ESA meeting in August.
  • A cover letter (no longer than 1 page) written by the student that describes the scientific and/or applied significance of the presented work for rangeland ecology.
  • A copy of the submitted abstract.
  • 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.

Applications should be sent (as a single PDF) to Section Chair, A. Joshua Leffler (joshua.leffler@sdstate.edu) with the subject line “Travel Award Application.” Applications will be evaluated by a volunteer group of section members, and notification of awards will be given on or before May 1, 2019. Awardees are expected to attend the Rangeland Ecology Section business meeting at the Annual Meeting, and must provide proof of accepted abstract (including paper or poster number, and session, date, and time of presentation) no later than 1 July 2019.

Soil Ecology Section (2019)

The Deborah A. Neher Career Award

This award honors someone who has made significant contributions to the field of soil ecology and the Soil Ecology Section of ESA. It is named in honor of Deb Neher, the first Chair of the section and the first recipient of the award. Dr. Neher helped establish the Soil Ecology section in 1993. At that time, ESA was mostly known for theoretical and basic work, and seemed to have little representation or appreciation for applied ecology. Plant ecologists viewed soil as a ‘black box’ and soil ecology papers were not widely published in the ESA journals. The section was established to provide a place at ESA for soil ecologists, but also to educate other ecologists about soil. Throughout her career, Dr. Neher has worked to foster education about soil ecology, forging linkages with ESA and other professional societies, hosting symposia and business meetings, and representing soil ecologists on various governing and advisory boards. For her decades of service, the Soil Ecology section enthusiastically established this award in her honor, and named her the first recipient of the award in 2015. Dr. Peter Groffman was the distinguished scientist awarded in 2016, and Dr. Jayne Belnap in 2017.

This award is given to someone who has made significant contributions to the field of soil ecology and the ESA Soil Ecology Section.

Please send a letter of support for your 2018 nominee to Daniel Stover (daniel.Stover@science.doe.gov) by APRIL 30, 2019

Student Travel Awards

Student Travel Awards are typically offered for $250-$500 to cover travel expenses to the annual ESA meeting. We anticipate awarding 4-5 student travel awards for the 2018 ESA meeting in New Orleans. TRAVEL AWARD APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 30 2019.

The student or their advisor must be a member of the Soil Ecology Section to be eligible. To apply, send a copy of your accepted abstract and a personal statement explaining the significance of your research to the field of soil ecology to Lydia Zeglin (lzeglin@ksu.edu) with “SES travel application” in the subject line of your email. One letter of recommendation should also be sent to Lydia Zeglin.

Student Section (2019)

Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply for the Student Section travel grant! Additionally, students should also consider applying for the SEEDS Undergraduate Student Travel Award. Click Here For More Information

Real Brown Travel Award

The Student Section offers national and international 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.

Application

  • Deadline: Friday, May 31, 5:00 PM Eastern Time
  • The winner will receive an award of $500 (international) or $300 (domestic). 
  • You will be notified of award status by July 8th. 

Eligibility and Nomination

  • Currently enrolled in a high school, undergraduate, master’s, or PhDprogram. 
  • Member of ESA and the Student Section OR a first time ESA attendee
  • In good academic standing
  • Presenting (poster or oral format) unless you are a high school student.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by their student peers by the criteria outlined in the travel award evaluation rubric. We strongly encourage you to review this rubric. We strongly discourage applicants who have access to other sources of funding for the meeting. 

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Vegetation Section (2019)

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.

This 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.

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 certificate and cash award.  The top five contenders receive travel grants for the meeting.

Application Process:

  1. Students/Recent Postgraduates (graduated after May 31, 2018) apply for consideration to Loretta Battaglia (lbattaglia@plant.siu.edu; and cc to george-malanson@uiowa.edu). Attach a copy of the ESA abstract to the email.  In the message, the student must describe in a very succinct paragraph how the paper to be presented conforms to the objectives of the Ton Damman Award, and provide details on status as a student or recent graduate.
  2. The executive committee of the Vegetation Section, with additional judges from the section as necessary, will choose the top five candidates based on the abstracts. These five candidates will become the contenders at the ESA meeting. EACH OF THESE FIVE WILL RECEIVE A $200 TRAVEL GRANT TO THE MEETING.  These five will each be obliged to sign up for five hours of service at the section’s table in the exhibits over the course of the meeting in return for the travel grant.
  3. At the meeting, judges from the Vegetation Section will assess the five presentations and determine a winner.  The winner will receive a certificate and a $400 award.

Applications must be received by May 1 prior to the August meeting.

FACULTY: PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT THIS AWARD!

NOTE: Nominations for ESA Fellows and Early Career Fellows should NOT be submitted by e-mail, but instead should be submitted using the appropriate online form.