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Applied Ecology Section

As information about Chapter and Section awards for the 2017 Annual Meeting becomes available it will be posted here. Please check back regularly to see what’s new.

Student Travel Awards 

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:

Luben Dimov
Chair, Applied Ecology Section of ESA
moc.liamgnull@vomiD.nebuL

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

The Aquatic Ecology Section offers four awards:
1. Thomas M. Frost Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
2. Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award
3. Best Student Talk in Aquatic Ecology Award
4. Student Travel Awards

Best Paper Awards (Frost & Exceptional Promise Awards):

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 his commitment to aquatic ecology and to graduate student education. Graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients (within two years of receiving the Ph.D.) are both eligible for the Frost Award. The recipient will receive a plaque and a $500 cash prize.

Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award

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 the ESA 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 eligibility of the nominee for the award
4. A CV from the nominee

DEADLINE: June 1, 2015

Applications should be submitted electronically as pdfs. Send files to the Aquatic Section’s Secretary (sjones20 at nd dot edu), with the subject line “Frost Award_ApplicantLastName” OR “ExceptionalAward_ApplicantLastName”.

Past Frost Award Recipients

2014 – Ashkaan Fahimipour, University of Florida
“The dynamics of assembling food webs”  Ecology Letters 17: 606-613

2013 – David Civitello, Indiana University
“Parasite consumption and host interference can inhibit disease spread in dense populations” Ecology Letters 16: 626-634

2012 – Travis Ingram, Harvard University
“Intraguild predation drives evolutionary niche shift in threespine stickleback”
Evolution 66: 1819-1832

2011 – James M. Hood, University of Minnesota
“Diet Mixing: Do Animals Integrate Growth or Resources across Temporal Heterogeneity?” American Naturalist 176:651-663

2010 – Evan H. Campbell Grant, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
“Use of multiple dispersal pathways facilitates amphibian persistence in stream networks.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107:6936-6940.

2009 – Jennifer Howeth, University of Texas
“Planktonic dispersal dampens temporal trophic cascades in pond metacommunities.” Ecology Letters 11: 245-257.

2008 – Alison Derry, Queens University
“Adaptive reversals in acid tolerance in copepods from lakes recovering from historical stress.” Ecological Applications 17: 1116-1126.

2007 – Peter McIntyre, Cornell University
“Fish extinctions alter nutrient recycling in tropical freshwaters.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 104(11): 4461-4466

2006 – Wendy Palen
“Impact of UV-B exposure on amphibian embryos: linking species physiology and oviposition behavior” Proceedings of the Royal Society (B) 272:1227-1234

2005 – James Vonesh
“Complex life cycles and density dependence: assessing the contribution of egg mortality to amphibian declines.” Oecologia 133:325-333

2004 – Thomas Okey
“Macrobenthic colonist guilds and renegades in Monterey Canyon drift algae: partitioning multidimensions.” Ecological Monographs 73:415-440

2003 – Cynthia Kolar
“Ecological predictions and risk assessment for alien fishes in North America.”
Science 298:1233-1236

2002 – Jonathan Shurin
“Dispersal limitation, invasion resistance, and the structure of pond zooplankton communities. ”  Ecology 81:3074-3086.

Past Exceptional Promise in Graduate Research Award Recipients

2014 – John Crawford, University of Wisconsin
“Ebullitive methane emissions from oxygenated wetland streams” Global Change Biology 20: 3408-3422.

2013 – Meryl Mims, University of Washington
“Life history theory predicts fish assemblage response to hydrologic regimes” Ecology 93: 35-45.

Best Student Talk in Aquatic Ecology

The Aquatic Ecology Section also gives an award for the best talk in aquatic ecology presented at the annual ESA meeting by a student in the Aquatic Section. The student must apply for the Section’s award by sending an email with the subject line “Best Student Talk” to the section Secretary, Stuart Jones (sjones20 at nd dot edu) stating that 1) they are a member of the section, and 2) that they are eligible for the Buell Award. (Note: the student need not have applied for the Buell Award – we will be carrying out the judging separately.) The student also should include or attach a copy of his or her presentation abstract. Applications for the Best Student Talk Award are due June 1, 2015. The recipient will receive a $300 award from the Section.

JUDGES NEEDED!!! We also are seeking volunteers to help judge the Best Student Talk Award. Judges will evaluate oral presentations at the 2015 meeting. Please volunteer to serve as a judge (even if you can only judge one talk!) by July 1st by emailing our section secretary, Stuart Jones (sjones20 at nd dot edu).

Past Best Student Talk Award Recipients

2014 – Lauren McCarthy (East Carolina University)
“How do differences in species hatching phenology and the presence of predators affect population and ecosystem level properties of aquatic food webs?”

2012 – Kate Boersma (Oregon State University)
“Top predator extinctions in drying streams modify community structure and ecosystem functioning”

2009 – Kristine Grayson (University of Virginia)
“Migrating versus residency in a pond-breeding amphibian: Sex-based trade-offs and environmental influences”

2006 – Meghan Duffy
“Is the enemy of my enemy really my friend? The combined effects of selective predators and virulent parasites on Daphnia populations?

2004 – Wendy Palen
?UV impacts on alpine amphibians: Linking UV tolerance with field exposure?

2003 – Patrick Crumrine
“Examining the role of size structure on intraguild predation in larval odonates”

2002 – Heather Vance-Chalcraft
“Evaluating the prevalence of non-additivity for multiple predator species in aquatic systems”

2001 – Mark Scheuerell
“Effect of incident light on the diel vertical migration of juvenile sockeye salmon in Alaska lakes”

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. The student must be presenting a talk or poster, and must be a member of the Aquatic Ecology section. Travel awards are $300 and will be awarded on a lottery basis. To apply, please provide confirmation of abstract acceptance in an email with the subject line “Travel Award_ApplicantLastName” sent to the Section Secretary, Stuart Jones, sjones20 at nd dot edu no later than June 1, 2015. Requests should be sent in a separate email from other correspondence.

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(moc.liamgnull@neralcm.einneJ). 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 (moc.liamgnull@neralcm.einneJ). Information must be received by June 21, 2014 to be considered for this award.

Latin American Chapter Award

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The Latin American Chapter of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) is proud to announce the new Ecology & Ethics Student Award for best presentation at the 2016 Annual ESA Meeting. This new award will be co-sponsored by Springer International Publishing, the Latin American Chapter of the ESA, the Center for Environmental Philosophy, and the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program. The award is associated with the current Springer book series on Ecology and Ethics, and aims to stimulate work by students on subjects linking ecological sciences and environmental ethics.

Students wishing to apply for the award should send a copy of application materials to moc.liamgnull@scihtednaygoloce by July 1, 2016. Applications will be judged by members of the Latin American Chapter. Criteria for the awards will be overall quality of the abstract, and the degree to which the abstract and research reflect issues relevant at the intersection of ecology and ethics. The winner receives $300 and a copy of the latest volume of the Ecology & Ethics book series.

Eligibility

Applicants must be the presenting author of a multiple- or single-authored oral or poster presentation that has been accepted for the 2016 Annual ESA meeting. Applicants must be enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students at the time of their application. It is strongly recommended that students are members of the ESA Latin American Chapter, Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section, and/or the Environmental Justice Section at the time of their application, and the award will be presented at the Latin American Chapter’s business meeting. Students, co-authors, employees, and relatives of current section officers are ineligible for this award.

Application materials include:

  1. A copy of the abstract accepted by ESA for presentation at the annual meeting, including the paper/posternumber and date/session/time of presentation;
  2. A cover letter from the student describing the nature and relevance of the integration of ecology and ethics in the research to be presented at the ESA Meeting.
  3. A letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor.
  4. Complete applications should be sent to moc.liamgnull@scihtednaygoloce, with the subject line “2016 ESA Ecology and Ethics Award Application.”

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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 ude.oihoumnull@jminnav.

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 Student Travel Awards

ESA Student Travel Awards

The ESA Microbial Ecology Section will be giving out two travel awards worth $600 to students (high school, undergrad, or grad) to attend the ESA meeting in Portland, OR in August 2017. 

To be considered, you must be a section member who will be presenting research (a poster or oral presentation) at the annual meeting. Funding will be contingent upon your abstract being accepted.

To apply, send a copy of your abstract, personal statement of your research impact and need for support, and one letter of recommendation to Ed Hall (ed.hall at colostate.edu) and indicate “ESA ME travel application” in the subject line.

Applications are due March 1st, 2017 by 5 pm Mountain time. 

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: https://www.esa.org/esa/membership-services/joinrenew/ 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.

Application packets must include

  1. Nominee: 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 for ESA Natural History Section website and booth.
  5. Photo: Two photos: one that depicts the practice of studying natural history in applicant’s ecological study (to be used for twitter, website and booth), and one of the author, or one photo if it satisfies both of the above.

* 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: July 1, 2016

Applications should be submitted electronically (photos as attachments, all text embedded in the body of the e-mail). Send e-mail to the Natural History Section’s (moc.liamgnull@drawanoitcesyrotsihlarutan), 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.

Criteria For Consideration

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 moc.liamgnull@drawayeveeD

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, 2017.

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 Carter Berry (moc.liamgnull@yrrebcz) and Dan Johnson (ude.ohadiunull@nosnhojnad) 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, 2017.

Plant, Cell & Environment Postdoctoral 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 apply:

Please send Carter Berry (moc.liamgnull@yrrebcz) and Dan Johnson (ude.ohadiunull@nosnhojnad) the following information by June 1, 2017:

  1. Applicant information: name, mailing address, email address, College/University association, 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 lifetime contributions by its namesakes, Dwight and Shirley Billings, to physiological ecology. Dwight built the foundation for physiological ecology in North America and provided leadership for the field throughout his illustrious career. Together, Dwight and Shirley have shown a deep regard for the interests and training of graduate students in this dynamic component of ecology.

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 Carter Berry (moc.liamgnull@yrrebcz) and Dan Johnson (ude.ohadiunull@nosnhojnad) the following information by June 1, 2017:

  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 at:
http://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 gro.asenull@pihsrebmem).

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 (ude.uinnull@rebrabn) by May 1, 2017. 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 Portland, OR, 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 Portland on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. 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 Portland, which will help fund future student travel awards.

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 Postdoctoral Excellence Award in Plant Population Ecology, sponsored by the journal AoB PLANTS. This honor is presented at ESA’s annual meeting each August and recognizes a distinguished journal contribution to plant population ecology within the past three years by a postdoctoral member of the PPE section. The winner will receive an award of $500 from AoB PLANTS. Established in 2010 and published by Oxford University Press, AoB PLANTS is a non-profit, open-access journal specializing in environmental and evolutionary plant biology. The journal has distinguished Advisory and Editorial Boards, renders first decisions on manuscripts in an average of 35 days, and has a 2014 Impact Factor score of 2.273.

For more information on eligibility and applications for any of these awards, please visit our section website: Plant Population Ecology

Eligibility – Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degrees between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016 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 2016). Manuscripts that were accepted for publication by December 2016 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 (ude.uinnull@rebrabn) by 5 pm EST on April 15, 2017. Please use “ESA PPE – AoBP Postdoc Award” as the subject line. 

Applications will be assessed by the PPE Executive Board. The award will be announced at the annual meeting of the ESA in Portland, Oregon during the PPE section mixer on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. The recipient is strongly encouraged to attend the PPE mixer to be recognized and to accept the award.

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, 2017 (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, Peter Adler (ude.usunull@relda.retep), 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, 2017. Awardees are expected to attend the Rangeland Ecology Section business meeting at the Annual Meeting.

Researchers at Undergraduate Institutions Section

ESA2015 Student Travel Awards 

The Researchers at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) Section of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) seeks nominations for student travel awards to the upcoming centennial ESA Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Two awards of $300 each are available to outstanding undergraduate or graduate students from primarily undergraduate institutions provided that their research advisor is a current member of the RUI section (or will become one at the upcoming meeting). Applicants will be judged on the quality of your application materials and not solely by financial need. Additional eligibility details can be found in the application materials available at http://goo.gl/veYLMD.

Application materials must be submitted as a single PDF file e-mailed to ude.llocnirtnull@ssalguod.noremac<mailto:ude.llocnirtnull@ssalguod.noremac> by midnight (EST) Friday, June 12, 2015; successful applicants will be notified of their award by June 30, 2015.

Contact Cameron Douglass or Anne Alerding (ude.imvnull@BAgnidrelA<mailto:ude.imvnull@BAgnidrelA>) with any questions regarding these awards.

Soil Ecology Section Awards

Student Travel Award

Student Travel Awards are typically offered for $250-$500 to cover travel expenses to the annual ESA meeting. Students (or their advisors) must be a Soil Ecology section member. We anticipate awarding 5-6 student travel awards for the 2017 ESA meeting in Portland, OR. Stay tuned for details about the application deadline and submission information, to be announced in spring 2017.

The application email will need to include: 1) a copy of the student’s accepted abstract, 2) a personal statement of your research impact and need for support, and 3) one letter of recommendation.

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: ude.oihonull@tserofed
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 ude.yelekrebnull@eniplavedp.

Student Section Awards

Centennial Fellowship
Call For Applications

Program Description:
In celebration of the Ecological Society of America’s 100th Anniversary, the ESA Student Section is proud to offer the Centennial Graduate Student Fellowship Program to outstanding graduate students interested in fostering public understanding and appreciation of ecological research and in encouraging pre-college students to consider research careers in ecology. Up to five Centennial Graduate Student Fellows will be selected and awarded a monetary fellowship of $500 each. 
 
Applications are welcomed from all graduate students interested in public outreach and communication.  Selected fellows will prepare engaging and informative presentations (i.e. not just PowerPoints) for use in engaging public audiences. The goals of this fellowship program are to:

  • Develop community relationships between ecologists and the public.
  • Foster public understanding and appreciation of ecological research.
  • Encourage pre-college students to consider research careers in ecology.
  • Create opportunities for ecologists to develop and practice skills needed to successfully communicate with the public.
  • Integrate ecologists into real world community-based education and outreach.  

Fellows are asked to identify target audiences and how they might engage these groups in sharing ecologically relevant scientific information.  The ESA Student Section will provide an online training program and Fellows will be expected to conduct an assessment of their activities. Priority will be given to applicants within the vicinity of this year’s annual meeting (Philadelphia to Richmond) so as to highlight the wealth of information that will be available at the meeting.
 
Application materials must include, the application form, a brief cover letter, two letters of support, a media or portfolio item demonstrating your communication abilities, and your CV.

For complete details and application forms please visit www.esastudents.org/awards/

Application deadline Friday June 5th.

Please send all inquiries to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts

Travel Awards

REAL BROWN TRAVEL AWARDS

For more information and the application form visit: http://www.esastudents.org/awards/

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.

Eligibility

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduates, Masters and Ph.D).
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Student Section Mixer, Business Meeting & Award Ceremony and one additional Student Section event at the annual meeting to receive your award. Student Section events for the annual meeting can be found clicking HERE
  • Minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • You will be notified of award status at the latest by July 1st, 2015.

Student Section board members will evaluate applications based on professional achievements and demonstrated need. We strongly discourage applicants who have access to funding for the meeting.
Submit your application form and abstract acceptance confirmation to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts by 5 pm EST, of May 15, 2015. Applications will be accepted after this date, pending funding availability until June 1 2015. The applicant must submit the application package as a single pdf in one email with the subject “ESA-SS travel award 2015”.
*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.

Ecologists Go To Washington Field Trip – Free for Students!

Call For Applications

The ESA Student Section in partnership with the ESA Policy Section Invite applications from students for free attendance to the Friday August 14th Field Trip to Washington DC.

Program Description:
 
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) Policy Section in collaboration with the ESA Student Section invite applications for support for the ‘Ecologists go to Washington’ Field Trip.  A total of 40-50 full cost tickets are available for students to attend the Friday, August 14th trip.  This field trip will be a day-long event (travel by motor coach provided) and will allow participants the opportunity to explore the science/policy interface with a trip to our nation’s capitol. The day’s events will include an overview of how science policy is coordinated at the federal level.  Participants will also explore the roles that professional scientific societies, such as  ESA, play in informing science policy.  Conversations with ecologists who work at the science-policy interface at all levels of government will be plentiful, and the day will close with a networking reception for all participants.
 
Successful applicants will receive full reimbursement for field trip registration, travel and, a packed lunch.
 
Applications should be submitted to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts by May 29th at 5pm EST with the subject ‘Ecologists go to Washington Application’.
 
For complete details and application forms please visit http://www.esastudents.org/
Application deadline: Friday, May 29th.
Please send all inquiries to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts

Eco-Service Award

Presented by the ESA Student Section & Union of Concerned Scientists

For more information and the application form visit: http://www.esastudents.org/awards/

The Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS), in partnership with the Student Section of the Ecological Society of America, 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.

Eligibility

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section. Membership in UCS is strongly recommended.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D).
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Student Section Mixer, Business Meeting & Award Ceremony and one additional Student Section event at the annual meeting to receive your award. Student Section events for the annual meeting can be found by clicking HERE
  • Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

A panel that includes the boards of both the Student Section and UCS will evaluate each applicant’s contributions to ecoservice, which includes but is not limited to outreach, environmental justice and education. The goal of this award is to engage young ecologists in research that reaches beyond inquiry and into application. 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:

  • UCS-ESA-SS Ecoservice Award Application form
  • Current CV
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript

Submit all materials to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts by 5 pm EST, June 26, 2015. Please submit the application package in a single email with the subject “UCS–ESA-SS Ecoservice Award 2015.” 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.

Outstanding Student Award: Due June 30th

Presented by the ESA Student Section

For more information and the application form visit: http://www.esastudents.org/awards/

The Student Section’s Outstanding Student Research in Ecology award honors students that publish papers of particular significance to the scientific community. We select winners based on the citability, credibility and relevance of published research.

ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduates, Masters and Ph.D).
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Student Section Mixer, Business Meeting & Award Ceremony and one additional Student Section event at the annual meeting to receive your award. Student Section events for the annual meeting can be found by clicking HERE
  • At the time of application, the paper must be published in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Minorities are encouraged to apply

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applications will be reviewed by an awards committee, which is appointed by the officers of the Student Section. Papers will be judged based on the research paper’s contribution to the field, originality, study design, and impact.

Nomination packets should include:

  • A copy of the paper
  • A brief letter describing the impact of the paper on the field.
  • A letter of support from the major professor that confirms the nominee’s eligibility for the award
  • A CV from the nominee

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

Submit your application and abstract acceptance confirmation to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts by 5 pm EST, June 30, 2015. The applicant must submit the application package in a single email with the subject “ESA-SS outstanding student award 2015.”

UCS and ESA-SS are equal opportunity organizations.

Theoretical Ecology Section

Lotka-Volterra Student Awards

The Theoretical Ecology Section awards the Alfred J. Lotka prize for best poster and the Vito Volterra prize for the best talk given by students during the Annual Meeting of the ESA. The award is open to undergraduate and graduate students who, as sole or first author, present a talk or poster at the ESA Annual Meeting on 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. To be considered for this award, prospective candidates must nominate themselves by July 15 prior to the meeting. More information about the self-nomination process and past winners 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 submitted according to instructions posted on the section’s website and should include a short statement by the nominator discussing the paper’s merits and suitability for the award. Information about past winners can also be found on the section’s website.

Contact
Section Officers: moc.liamgnull@yroeht.ase

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: ac.cbu.seirehsifnull@mal.m
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 ude.uis.tnalpnull@ailgattabl 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:https://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 Chapter Awards 

The Chapter will award 1st Place, 2nd Place and Honorable Mention to undergrad and grad students for best posters and papers (12 awards total).

   1st Place – $200.00 (+ $800.00 to travel to ESA Annual Meeting in Portland, OR)

   2nd Place – $150.00 

   Honorable Mention – $100.00 

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 gro.asenull@pihsrebmem 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.”