ESA Awards

Call for 2019 ESA Award Nominations is Open

The Awards Committee of the Ecological Society of America solicits and encourages nominations from members of ESA for each of the awards listed below. ESA especially encourages nominations of candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

The 2019 Awards Committee Chair is Katharine Suding (suding@colorado.edu). If you have general awards submission questions please contact awards@esa.org. When preparing your award nomination specific questions can be answered by the specific awards subcommittee chair. The subcommittee chair’s email address are listed below in the awards description.

Award nomination deadline: Thursday, October 25, 2018 5:00 PM ET (2:00 PM PT)

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 completed by Thursday, October 25, 2018 and 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.

Call for 2019 ESA award nominations is open. Deadline: Thursday, October 25, 2018 5:00 PM ET (2:00 PM PT)

 

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 February, 2017

To apply, download and complete the application form (41 KB, DOC) and email it to the address specified in the application. Award applications are due on the same date as the abstract deadline, by 5:00 PM Eastern (2:00 PM Pacific).

The application questions are provided here to help you prepare your application in advance.

  • What is your education level (as of the August meeting)?
  • Undergraduate student
  • Graduate student
  • Recent doctorate (within 9 months of graduation as of August)
  • Does the research being presented describe the results of a fully completed project?
  • Yes/No
  • Please describe why/ how the research you will present will advance the field of ecology. (250 words maximum)

Buell/Braun who cancel their presentation should also notify the Buell Braun coordinator at buellbraun@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 Andy McCall, mccalla@denison.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

Southeastern Chapter (2018)

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).

 

Southwestern Chapter (2018)

Student Travel Award 

The Southwest Chapter of ESA is sponsoring travel grants to help support student travel to the 2018 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 the following application form to Dr. Daniel L. Potts (pottsdl@buffalostate.edu) with the Email Subject “Southwest Chapter Travel Application.”: Click Here for the Application Form

Applications are due June 18, 2018

 


Agroecology Section (2018)

Student Travel Award 2018

The Agroecology Section seeks to support ESA Annual Meeting attendance by students, especially those working in agriculture, silviculture, aquaculture, etc. within an ecological context, in the presentation of their work at the ESA Annual Meeting. To this effect, the Agroecology Section offers travel awards 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.

Apply by 15 May, 2018 by emailing PDF of application materials to the Agroecology Secretary Hanna Kahl (hkahl at umd dot edu). Reference letters may be included in your PDF or may be sent separately with the nominee’s name in the subject line of the email. Notification of successful applicants will be made by July. Eligibility requirements and application requirements are specified below. Applications which do not comply with these specifications will not be considered.

Amount of SupportThe 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; at least one award will be given to a low-income country applicant if sufficient applications are received.

Application Process: Applications in 2018 will be submitted in pdf format by 15 May, 2018. Applications will include:

  1. Title and abstract for talk or poster presentation
  2. Statement describing the impact of the research (400 words or less)
  3. Date of graduation
  4. A letter of support from a major professor confirming eligibility of student for the award and need for travel support.
  5. CV or resume of the nominee
  6. Statement of other funding sources to 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. Criteria for evaluation will include the quality of the work and its relevance to agroecology, i.e., your explanation of how the research that you’re presenting adds to the knowledge base of Agroecology and what impacts it might have beyond your research.  Submission quality and relevance, professional achievements and demonstrated need will be considered. We strongly discourage applications from persons with access to funding for the meeting.

EligibilityApplicants 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 must attend the Business Meeting at the annual ESA meeting, where the award will be conveyed. Past winners of this award are not eligible.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2018

Applications should be submitted electronically as pdfs. Send files to Hanna Kahl, the Agroecology Section Secretary, at hkahl at umd dot edu.

Publication Award 2018

The Agroecology Section seeks to highlight outstanding research conducted by current and recent students, especially those working in agriculture, silviculture, aquaculture, etc. within an ecological context. To this end, the Agroecology Section provides an award to an outstanding publication in agroecology.

Eligibility: Current graduate students, 2017 graduates, and 2018 graduates are eligible for the Agroecology Research Award, a cash prize of $250 for an outstanding publication on her/his research. This deadline may be extended by one year for the birth or adoption of a child or for another life event (e.g., major illness) that substantially impacted the ability to work – if this is relevant to your application, please so note in the application materials. Past winners of this award are not eligible.

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 add to the knowledge base in agroecology. Papers must have publication dates in 2017 or 2018. Papers must be assigned a DOI at the time of the nomination. Papers in preparation or in review will not be considered.

Eligibility requirements and application requirements are specified below. Applications which do not comply with these specifications will not be considered. Nominees must be a member of the Agroecology Section and must attend the Business Meeting at the annual ESA meeting, where the award will be conveyed. Self-nominations and nominations by colleagues are welcomed.

Apply by 15 May, 2018 by emailing pdf of application materials to the Agroecology Secretary Hanna Kahl (hkahl at umd dot edu). Applications will include:

  1. A copy of the paper
  2. Statement describing the impact of the research (400 words or less)
  3. Date of graduation
  4. CV or resume of the nominee

Applications will be reviewed by the Officers of the Agroecology Section. Nominations will be judged based upon the paper’s contribution to the field, including its originality, study design, and impact.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2018

Applications should be submitted electronically as pdfs. Send files to Hanna Kahl, the Agroecology Section Secretary, at hkahl at umd dot edu. Notification of successful applicants will be made by July.

 

Applied Ecology Section (2018)

Student Travel Award 2018

Apply by June 1, 2018 at: Google Forms (https://goo.gl/forms/9I1Mm27eOC0Y3oYQ2)

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.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the next Annual Meeting is June 1 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 meetingsThe 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 SupportThe 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 in 2018 will be submitted electronically by June 1, 2018 here. A letter of reference from the adviser should be sent in the body of the email (not as attachments) to the Chair of Section at Luben.Dimov@gmail.com also by June 1, 2018. 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, i.e., your explanation of how the research that you’re presenting fits under “Applied Ecology”, and what are its practical field applications (up to 400 words).

EligibilityApplicants 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 Section (2018)

Thomas M. Frost Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

The Aquatic Ecology 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.

♦ Note that this deadline will be extended by one year for the birth or adoption of a child or for another life event (e.g., major illness) that substantially impacted the ability to work.

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 Paper 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: 

  • A copy of the paper
  • 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
  • A letter of support from the major professor that also confirms eligibility of the nominee for the award
  • A CV from the nominee 

DEADLINE: May 15, 2018

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

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, Samuel Fey, (feys [at] reed [dot] edu) stating, 

  1. they are a member of the section

  2. 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 May 15, 2018. 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 2018 meeting. Please volunteer to serve as a judge (even if you can only judge one talk!) by July 1, 2018, by emailing our section secretary, Samuel Fey, (feys [at] reed [dot] edu).

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, Samuel Fey, (feys [at] reed [dot] eduno later than May 15, 2018. Requests should be sent in a separate email from other correspondence. 

 

Biogeosciences Section (2018)

ESA Biogeosciences Awards: Call for Nominations

Applications for all awards must be sent to esabiogeoscience@gmail.com by June 15, 2018

** We are also soliciting judges for the Outstanding Paper and Student Presentation awards. Please contact Devin McMahon (section secretary) at esabiogeoscience@gmail.com to help recognize and support early-career scientists by serving as an awards judge in 2018. **

 

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 may 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, emailed to esabiogeoscience@gmail.com by June 15th with the subject line “Sulzman Award nomination[nominee’s last name]” or “Likens Award nomination_[nominee’s last name]” as appropriate:

1) The paper’s citation and a PDF
2) The first author’s current contact information (name, email address, mailing address optional)
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 the recommender is also the nominator)

We note that while self-nominations are entirely appropriate, the potential awardee need not be involved in the nomination process. We encourage all section members to nominate outstanding papers that they have encountered.

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 upcoming ESA Annual meeting, and the awards will be presented at the section mixer at the meeting. Winners of each prize will be encouraged to attend the meeting!

 

Best Student Presentation Award

The Biogeosciences Section will also present an award for the best oral presentation 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.

Instructions: To apply for this award, email your name, presentation title, and presentation time (if available) to esabiogeoscience@gmail.com, with the subject “Best Student Presentation nomination_[your last name]” by June 15th.

Student Travel Awards

The Biogeosciences Section is sponsoring travel grants (approximately five awards of $250 to $500 each) to help support student travel to the 2018 ESA meeting. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Travel grant recipients are expected to help staff the section table in the poster hall for ~ 3 hours during the meeting (can be spread over two days).

Requirements:

1) The applicant must be a current student (graduate or undergraduate) or have graduated since the last ESA meeting (August 5th, 2017).

2) The student or the faculty mentor must be a current member of the Biogeosciences Section.

3) The student must be giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster at the meeting (i.e., must have an accepted abstract).

Instructions:

Step 1: Email a PDF of the following information to esabiogeoscience@gmail.com with the subject line “Travel Application_[your last name].” Name the file “BGS_travel_[your last name].pdf”.

  • Contact information: name, email address, mailing address, phone number
  • Statement of your anticipated travel expenses and your current sources of funding for the meeting
  • Name and email address of your faculty mentor or sponsor
  • List of academic institutions attended, with location, dates of enrolment, and degrees received or in progress for each
  • Text and title of your accepted ESA 2018 presentation abstract
  • One-page essay (12-pt font, double-spaced) describing your interests in the biogeosciences and your career goals

Step 2: Ask your faculty mentor to email a letter of recommendation on your behalf, with the subject line “Travel Application LOR for [your name]”.

Applications are due June 15, 2018.

 

Ecological Restoration Section (2018)

Student Poster Award

Ecological Restoration Section is proud to offer our student poster award. Three awards will be available to any student presenting a poster at the ESA annual meeting. Students posters will be judged at the ESA poster session and points will be awarded based on poster design and presentation and relevance to the conceptual and applied aspects of restoration ecology.

The winner will receive a $300 check, 2nd place will receive a $200 check and 3rd place will receive a $100 check after the meeting. We will share a link to an entry form for the poster contest on our website, twitter account, and via email to our section members. 

 

 

Invasion Ecology Section (2018)

2018 Best Student Presentation Awards

The Invasion Ecology Section is excited to continue its support for excellence in student research. We will offer two separate awards that demonstrate significant advancements in invasion ecology, and we will consider posters or oral presentations. The winner of each award will receive a $250 check from the Invasion Ecology section. 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 Sara Kuebbing (sara.kuebbing@yale.edu) the following information by June 15, 2018:

  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.

 

Microbial Ecology Section (2018)

Student Travel Award

The ESA Microbial Ecology Section will be offering three $500 travel awards for section members to attend the 2018 annual meeting in New Orleans. These awards are designed to assist our members with paying registration, travel costs, food, childcare, and housing costs during the meeting. Two of the awards will be reserved for students, while the third will go to non-students (technicians, people in-between undergraduate and graduate education, those working in industry, un- or under-employed, people on parental break, post-docs). It is assumed that students and post-docs will present research.If you are presenting research, please provide:

  1. A personal statement of your research impact and need for support (500 words max),
  2. A copy of the abstract submitted to the annual meeting,
  3. One letter of recommendation. 

If you do not plan on presenting research, please provide:

  1. A statement of your research interests, what you hope to get from the meeting, and of your need for support (500 words max),
  2. One letter of recommendation.

Applicants to this category will be assessed in a manner consistent with their experience level.Please submit all materials here.Deadline is April 30th 2018 at midnight.

 

Paleoecology Section (2018)

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 $500 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.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is the Friday before the annual ESA meeting (August 3 for 2018). Please email or send the completed application form (Word or PDF) and a copy of your abstract to the Deevey Award Committee Chair at Deeveyaward(at)gmail(dot)com.

 

Physiological Ecology Section (2018)

Applications are now being accepted for the Physiological Ecology Section’s awards for attendees at the ESA 2018 Annual Meeting:

  1. Student travel awards (applications due May 15, 2018)
  2. Billings Oral Presentation Award (applications due June 15, 2018)
  3. New Phytologist Poster Award (applications due June 15, 2018)
  4. Plant Cell & Environment Postdoctoral Award (applications due June 15, 2018)

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, 2018:

  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, 2018:

  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 (2018)

Postdoctoral Excellence Award

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 2016 Impact Factor score of 2.239.

  • Eligibility – Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degrees between January 1, 2015 and Dec 31, 2017 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 2017). 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 (nbarber@niu.edu) by 5 pm EST on April 15, 2018, using “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 8, 2018. 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@niu.edu) by May 1, 2018. 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 will range between $200-300 and will be given to the winners during the PPE mixer in New Orleans on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. 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 fund raiser, which will help fund future student travel awards.

 

Policy Section (2018)

Travel Support Awards

The Policy Section offers travel support awards to encourage student attendance at the annual ESA meeting. These awards target students presenting policy-related posters or talks at the meeting who could not otherwise afford to attend. Note that simple allusion to potential use of research results for policy is not considered a policy-related paper. The submission must show positive impact on the formation or execution of public policy or decision making, including research and education that helps bridge the science- policy interface.

The following two (2) awards will be given:

  • Best paper (poster or oral presentation) – undergraduate: $400
  • Best paper (poster or oral presentation) – graduate: $400

Eligibility:

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Policy Section.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (undergraduates, Masters or PhD).
  • You must be in good academic standing (GPA of ≥3.00).
  • You must attend the Policy Section Business Meeting and the Policy Section Special Session (both on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 7-10 pm) at the Annual Meeting to receive your award.
  • Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Volunteer Policy Section members (students cannot be judges) will evaluate applications based on submission quality and relevance, professional achievements and demonstrated need. We strongly discourage applicants who have access to funding for the meeting.
Submit your application to policysection.esa@gmail.com by 5 pm EDT, of May 31, 2018.
The applicant must submit the application package as a single PDF file named “lastname_firstname ESA-Policy travel award 2017” in one email with the subject “ESA-Policy travel award 2018”.
Application package (single PDF) must include:
  1. Abstract acceptance confirmation
  2. Proof of enrollment in an institution of higher education
  3. Proof of good academic standing (GPA of ≥3.00)
  4. A CV of the applicant
  5. A letter of reference from the student’s advisor or mentor attesting to the student’s need for travel support, mentioning any other sources of funding
Applicants will be notified of award status at the latest by July 1, 2018.

 

Rangeland Ecology Section (2018)

Excellence in Rangeland Ecology Research Awards

The Rangeland Ecology section will offer one or more awards in 2018 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 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. The student must be the presenting author on an oral paper or poster accepted for presentation at the ESA annual meeting. 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 sylvo-pastoral 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 social-ecological and economic processes impacting land use, management and human societies occupying and utilizing rangelands.

Applications are due by May 31, 2018 (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 accepted abstract, including the paper or poster number and date, session and 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.

Applications should be sent (as a single PDF) to Section Chair, Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald (ehs@ipicyt.edu.mx) with the subject line “Travel Award.” Applications will be evaluated by a volunteer group of section members, and notification of awards will be given on or before July 1, 2018. Awardees are expected to attend the Rangeland Ecology Section business meeting at the Annual Meeting.

 

Soil Ecology Section (2018)

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, 2018

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 2018.

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.
 

Statistical Ecology Section (2018)

Ecological Forecasting Outstanding Publication Award

This award will be given annually in recognition of an outstanding scholarly publication (peer-reviewed journal article, book chapter, or book) published within the last three years in the emerging field of Ecological Forecasting. The scope of the award is broad, spanning any ecological system, process, and spatio-temporal scale. It encompasses research, both basic and applied, that generates predictions or projections, or which advances forecasting methods, tools, theories, or concepts.

We are currently fundraising to support this award in perpetuity.  Please visit our fundraising page to make a (tax deductible) donation to the award. 

  • Eligibility and how to apply Nominations are open to all career stages, and self nominations are permitted, but in all cases the lead author must be a member of the Ecological Society of America. Eligible papers must be peer-reviewed with a publication date on or after January 1 three years prior to the current deadline (e.g. papers for the March 2018 deadline need to have been published after Jan 1, 2015). Papers in press will also be considered but must be publicly available (e.g., online early). Please note the date of acceptance and date the paper became available publicly in the cover letter for papers in press. Nominations should include a PDF copy of the paper and a brief (< 1 page) cover letter highlighting the paper’s contribution to, and impact on, ecological forecasting. Materials should be sent to the Award’s Committee Chair, Mike Dietze (dietze@bu.edu), in an email with subject heading “Ecological Forecasting Award”. The annual deadline for the nominations will be March 1, with the first competition taking place in 2018.
  • Award details The award winner will will receive a prize of $200 and recognition on the ESA Stats Ecology website. The winner will be announced at the annual Statistical Ecology Section social at the ESA annual meeting.

E. C. Pielou Award

The E.C. Pielou Award is a competitive award made annually to a graduate student or recent Ph.D. graduate based on overall quality of the student’s scientific contribution to statistical ecology, as evidenced by his or her oral presentation at the Annual Meeting.

  • Eligibility and how to apply To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled as a graduate student, or have received your degree within a calendar year of the ESA meeting, and be a member of the Statistical Ecology section of the ESA. The ESA presentation must include novel statistical research such as the development of new statistical methods or innovative application of an existing statistical method to an ecological question. The student must apply for the Pielou award by sending an email with the subject line “Pielou Award” to the Section Chair, by July 16. Include your name, address, phone number, electronic mail address, and a copy of the abstract in the body of your e-mail. The officers of the Statistical Ecology Section will assemble a committee that will judge the student presentations.
  • Award details The award winner will will receive a prize of $200, a copy of a book by Pielou (winner’s choice), and recognition on the ESA Stats Ecology website. The previous year’s winner will be announced at the annual Statistical Ecology Section social at the ESA annual meeting.

 

Student Section (2018)

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: June 1st, 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

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduate, Masters or Ph.D).
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must be presenting (poster or oral format) unless you are a high school student.
  • If awarded a travel grant we kindly request that you
    • help us evaluate our travel grant applications next year. We are proud that our travel grants are completely organized and evaluated by students; but we need your help to ensure that we can continue this tradition.
    • volunteer 3 hours of your time at the annual meeting to serve at our booth during the afternoon poster sessions (Mon-Thur, 4-7 pm). This time may be broken up into two 1.5 hour slots.
  • Minorities are encouraged to apply.

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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Outstanding Student in Ecology Award

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

  • Deadline: June 1st, 2017
  • The winner will receive an award of $100. 

Application

The application package consists of the following 4 parts: 

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

Please e-mail items 1,2 and 3 to students.esa@gmail.com with the subject line of “ESA-SS Outstanding Student Award, applicant’s last name, applicant’s first name”. Letters of support from your major adviser should be submitted directly to the same e-mail with the same subject line. Review the Eligibility Information and the Selection Criteria below.

Eligibility and Nomination

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduate, Masters or Ph.D).
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Student Section Business Meeting & Award Ceremony and your attendance at other Student Section events is strongly encouraged. 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 consisting of students and appointed by the officers of the Student Section. The 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. To prevent any biases (especially sub-conscious) all applicant names, addresses, and any other personal information will be removed prior to distribution to judges. The applications are evaluated on the following four criteria: 

  1. Paper’s contribution to the field – Paper is published in a recognized and high impact peer-reviewed journal. It is well written, and provides valuable, broadly applicable insights to the field of ecology.
  2. Paper’s originality – Paper is novel and engaging for all ecologists, regardless of subdiscipline.
  3. Study design – The study design elegantly addresses the paper’s question and tests. hypotheses. Details are explained clearly and replicability seems possible.
  4. Broader impact -The paper has strong applications to real world environmental problems or issues.

 

Theoretical Ecology Section (2018)

Lotka-Volterra Prizes For Best Student Presentations In Theoretical Ecology

The Theoretical Ecology Section awards the Alfred J. Lotka and Vito Volterra prizes for the best presentations given by students during the Annual Meeting of the ESA. The award is open to graduate student members of the ESA who, as sole or first author, present a talk or poster at the ESA annual meeting describing 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. We are grateful to Sinauer and Elsevier for their continuing support of this competition.

To be considered for either the Lotka award or the Volterra award, students (or their advisors) must complete the online nomination form  — an updated link will be emailed to the section and posted here when nominations are being accepted for the current year’s meeting. You will need to provide the session name and number, and the date, time and room number (for oral presentations) so please have this information ready.

Outstanding Ecological Theory Paper Award

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) will be accepted in the spring of each year. Nominations are currently being accepted and should be should be submitted at https://goo.gl/forms/oT1ohkZG8j1hJk5t1 and should include a short statement by the nominator discussing the paper’s merits and suitability for the award.

DEADLINE: May 7, 2018

 

Vegetation Section (2018)

This year there will be two versions of the Ton Damman Award for student presentation.

The first will be an international edition, given to the best presentation or poster at the International Association for Vegetation Science symposium in Bozeman, MT in July.  All students who applied for award consideration at the time of abstract submission will be considered.  The second will be the usual award at the ESA meeting in August with the usual criteria, explained below.

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. 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. 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. 

Candidates for the Ton Damman Award

Please send all inquiries for consideration to Loretta Battaglia (lbattaglia@plant.siu.edu). Inquiries must be received by 15 July prior to the August meeting. PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT THIS AWARD!!! 

Each year the Ton Damman Award will be determined using the following evaluation mechanism:

  1. Students/Recent Postgraduates register for the Buell Award.
  2. Those competing for the award then e-mail the Secretary/Treasurer of the Vegetation Section (Loretta Battaglia) (lbattaglia@plant.siu.edu) to say that they wish to be considered for the Ton Damman Award. 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. The candidate must meet the Buell Award criteria to be eligible.
  3. At the meeting, the Buell judges review all presentations that are simultaneously being considered for the Buell and Damman Awards.
  4. 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.

The 2017 Ton Damman Award winner was Rebecca Barak, Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden, for her presentation “Seeing the prairie through the seeds: Seed mix design for restoration of biodiversity in the tallgrass prairie”

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.