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Awards

The ESA Biogeosciences section proudly presents three awards annually.

1. 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 March of the current year. To be considered for an award, 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 may also award an honorable mention prize within each category.

Meet our 2020 winners!

Mingzhen Lu from Princeton University received Elizabeth Sulzman Award for his recent Nature Ecology & Evolution paper entitled, “Global plant–symbiont organization and emergence of biogeochemical cycles resolved by evolution-based trait modelling”.

Lu, M. and Hedin, L.O., 2019. Global plant–symbiont organization and emergence of biogeochemical cycles resolved by evolution-based trait modelling. Nature ecology & evolution, 3(2), pp.239-250.

 

Anika Staccone from Columbia University received honorable mention for Elizabeth Sulzman Award for her recent Global Biogeochemical Cycles paper, entitled, “A Spatially Explicit, Empirical Estimate of Tree‐Based Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Forests of the United States”.

Staccone, A., Liao, W., Perakis, S., Compton, J., Clark, C.M. and Menge, D., 2020. A Spatially Explicit, Empirical Estimate of Tree‐Based Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Forests of the United States. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 34(2), p.e2019GB006241.

 

Fiona Soper from McGill University received the Gene E. Likens Award for her recent GCB paper, entitled, “Non‐native mangroves support carbon storage, sediment carbon burial, and accretion of coastal ecosystems”.

Soper, F.M., MacKenzie, R.A., Sharma, S., Cole, T.G., Litton, C.M. and Sparks, J.P., 2019. Non‐native mangroves support carbon storage, sediment carbon burial, and accretion of coastal ecosystems. Global Change Biology, 25(12), pp.4315-4326.

 

2. New Phytologist Best Student Presentation Award

The ESA Biogeosciences Section will award a $500 cash prize for an outstanding oral presentation of research conducted while a graduate student. This award is generously sponsored by New Phytologist.

Meet our 2020 winner!

Jessie Motes from University of Georgia received the New Phytologist Best Student Presentation Award for her #ESA 2020 talk “Nitrogen inputs and losses following disturbance: A slippery slope”

3. Student Registration Grants

Biogeosciences section will sponsor multiple $60 registration grants to our student members for attending the 2020 ESA Annual Meeting. All student members of our section, who are affiliated with an accredited university, are eligible to apply.

This year, ESA is utilizing a single, streamlined application process for all funding opportunities related to registration for the Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.

Meet our 2020 winners!

Courtney Currier
Malissa Ann Tayo
Matthew Smith
Elizabeth Forbesm
Justin Gay
Abigail Lewis
Meaghan Petix
Sommer Starrm
Chelsea Duball



Past Winners

Likens Award: 

2019 Colin Averill
2018 Debjani Sihi
2017 Steve Powers
2016 Peter M. Homyak
2014 Will Wieder (honorable mention: Jinyun Tan)
2013 Park Williams
2012 Gordon Holtgrieve
2011 Ed Hall
2009 Stephen Porder (honorable mention: William Cornwell)
2008 Jennifer Funk (honorable mention: Kristina Anderson-Teixeira
2007 Ben Houlton, Katey Walter

Sulzman Award:

2019 Andrea Jilling
2018 Justin Mathias
2017 Erin Hanan
2016 Yaling Liu
2015 Colin Averill
2014 Sarah Batterman (honorable mention: Janice Brahney)
2013 Lei Cheng
2012 Scott Morford (honorable mention: Arianne Cease)
2011 John Drake
2010 Philip Taylor
2009 Michael Strickland (honorable mention: Jia Hu)
2008 Duncan Menge (honorable mention: Ben Colman)
2007 Scott Ensign

New Phytologist Best Student Presentation Award:

2019 Steven McBride
2018 Jamie Harrison
2017 Brooke Osborne
2016 Matthew Craig
2015 Cari Ficken Hopping
2014 Kelly Hopping
2013 Jessica Corman
2012 Bonnie Waring
2011 Sarah Evans
2010 Edward Brzostek
2009 Amy Burgin (honorable mention: Carmody “Carrie” McCalley)

Student Travel Awards:

2019 Steven McBride
2019 Michelle Wong
2019 Tempest McCabe

2018 Anecia Gentles
2018 Lilli Kaarakka
2018 Covel McDermot
2018 Cody Reed
2018 Sasha Vivelo

2017 Daniel Casarella
2017 Jennifer Cristiano
2017 Rebecca Evans
2017 Russel Hedberg
2017 Rachel King
2017 Brittney Monus

2016 Elizabeth August-Schmidt
2016 Joseph Carrara
2016 Amber Churchill
2016 Denise Devotta
2016 Benton Taylor
2016 Lorna Harris