Ecological Society of America announces 2018 Fellows

ESA LogoRELEASE DATE: Thursday, 1 March 2018
Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, LLester@esa.org

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce its 2018 Fellows. The Society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy.

Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA, including, but not restricted to, those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations, and the broader society. They are elected for life.

Early Career Fellows are members within 8 years of completing their doctoral training (or other terminal degree) who have advanced ecological knowledge and applications and show promise of continuing to make outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA. They are elected for five years.

ESA established its fellows program in 2012 with the goal of honoring its members and supporting their competitiveness and advancement to leadership positions in the Society, at their institutions, and in broader society. Past ESA Fellows and Early Career Fellows are listed on the ESA Fellows page.

 

Fellows elected in 2018 in recognition of their contributions to the science of ecology:

Fredrick R. Adler,  Professor, Mathematics and Biology, University of Utah
Elected for his theoretical contributions to the areas of physiological, disease, evolutionary, population, community, behavioral and most recently urban ecology. His work exemplifies the power of theoretical thinking to simultaneously clarify specific questions and link across disparate fields of ecology.

Craig D. Allen, Research Ecologist & Station Leader, New Mexico Landscapes Field Station, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center
Elected for advancing core understanding of forest disturbance ecology, particularly through leadership that uncovered emerging patterns of forest die-off around the globe in response to drought and heat with associated pests and pathogens, and associated patterns in wildfire, demonstrating the value of place-based ecology in a global perspective.

Emily S. Bernhardt,  Professor, Biology, Duke University
Elected for excellent contributions to watershed biogeochemistry and the impacts of global environmental change and human activities on aquatic ecosystems, as well as the applications of ecology to management and policy.

James E. (Jeb) Byers,  Josiah Meigs Professor of Ecology, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
Elected for major contributions to invasion biology, ecosystem engineering, ecological parasitology, and the biogeography of range boundaries, along with excellence in educating and mentoring students and in service to the national and international ecological community.

Zoe G. Cardon,  Senior Scientist, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory
Elected for outstanding research contributions in ecosystem science, understanding of the rhizosphere as the nexus of commodity exchange in the terrestrial biosphere, for engineering developments in microbio-sensing, and for broad and fearless exploration of connections in ecology, from stomata to soil to hydrology to nutrients to microbiomes to biodiversity.

Cory C. Cleveland,  Professor, Department  of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, University of Montana
Elected for substantial contributions to our understanding of carbon and nutrient cycling across multiple scales in terrestrial ecosystems.

Phyllis D. Coley,  Distinguished Professor, Department of Biology, University of Utah
Elected for advancing our fundamental ecological knowledge of plant-animal
interactions and of tropical ecology, as well as a lifetime commitment to training generations of students from Central and South America.

Jana E. Compton,  Ecologist, Western Ecology Division, US Environmental Protection Agency
Elected for her innovative and tireless efforts to better understand and develop societal solutions to the problem of nitrogen pollution. Her assessments of the social and environmental costs of excess nitrogen, her outstanding mentorship of students, and her applications of ecology to management and policy make her an inspiration to us all.

Todd E. Dawson, Professor, Integrative Biology, University of California – Berkeley
Elected for pioneering research on sources and pathways of plant water uptake with fundamental contributions at the interface among geosphere, biosphere and atmosphere.

Jeffrey S. Dukes,  Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, and Director, Purdue Climate Change Research Center
Elected for insightful and creative research highlighting important interactions among plant communities, ecosystem processes, and global environmental change and for impressive leadership in synthesis and research coordination in global change ecology. 

Brian J. Enquist,  Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
Elected for seminal discoveries on the origin and diversity of organismal form and function, the natural constraints controlling the organization of ecological systems, and the application of ecological scaling laws to ecosystem function.

Nelson G. Hairston Jr.,  Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Environmental Science, Department of Ecology ane Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
Elected for influential experimental, conceptual, methodological, and synthetic contributions to our understanding of the interplay between ecological and evolutionary processes, for penetrating studies of freshwater populations and communities, and for pioneering “resurrection ecology” by using zooplankton diapausing eggs to reconstruct evolutionary history.

Stephen C. Hart,  Professor of Ecology, Life and Environmental Sciences & Sierra Nevada Research Institute, University of California Merced
Elected for groundbreaking contributions in terrestrial ecosystem ecology and forest management. His pioneering use of stable isotopes transformed understanding of forest nitrogen cycling and soil microbial structure and function.

Janneke Hille Ris Lambers,  Professor, Biology Department, University of Washington, Seattle
Elected for research linking models and data to test theories of community assembly and hypotheses about the role of climate and competition in setting species range limits, and for outstanding public outreach through an innovative citizen science program in Mt. Ranier National Park.

Nancy J. Huntly,  Professor, Biology Department and Director, Ecology Center, Utah State University
Elected for foundational research on herbivory, coexistence, and human ecology, and for commitment to and innovation in both science communication and the application of ecological principles to the management of natural resources.

Douglas J. Levey,  Program Officer, Division of Environmental Biology, National Science Foundation
Elected for his pioneering research on landscape corridors, seed dispersal, avian ecology, and evolutionary ecology of chilies; excellence in mentoring; commitment to broadening participation; and service to the field as an NSF Program

Jianguo (Jack) Liu,  Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and University Distinguished Professor, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University
Elected for outstanding contributions to the integration of ecology with social sciences and policy, for understanding and promoting ecological sustainability, and for his exceptional contributions to mentorship and capacity-building in the area of sustainability.

Yiqi Luo, Professor,  Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University
Elected for his fundamental contributions to our understanding of ecosystem dynamics in response to global change, theory development in terrestrial carbon and nitrogen cycles, and his pioneering approaches and applications of data assimilation techniques in ecological research.

Michael G. Neubert,  Senior Scientist, Biology Department and Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Elected for fundamental contributions to theoretical ecology, biological oceanography, and resource management through his outstanding ability to formulate the mathematical structures that capture the essentials of the ecological problem, and avoid the inessential.

Amy Daum Rosemond,  Professor, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
Elected for creative and influential experimental research on the food web, microbial, and biogeochemical dynamics of aquatic ecosystems.

Nathan J. Sanders,  Professor and Director of the Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont
Elected for increasing understanding about causes and consequences of biodiversity change in terrestrial ecosystems by linking community, ecosystem, and macroecological approaches using observations and experiments from local to global scales.

Mark W. Schwartz,  Professor, Environmental Science & Policy, University of California, Davis
Elected for influential research on responses to climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem function, and translational ecology, as well development of innovative ecology-in-practice graduate curricula. 

Eric W. Seabloom,  Professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota
Elected for major contributions to theoretical understanding of biological invasions, leadership in global network science, interdisciplinary collaboration, and mentorship of junior scientists.

Emily H. Stanley,  Professor, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin
Elected for the quality and importance of her contributions to ecology, for her ability to identify and lead new ecological frontiers, and for making connections across boundaries that continue to push our field forward.

Michael J. Vanni,  Professor, Biology, Miami University
Elected for outstanding experimental work that has created new insights into the roles of nutrients and fish in controlling primary productivity and trophic interactions in pelagic ecosystems in freshwater reservoirs.

Kirk O. Winemiller,  Regents Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences & Program of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Texas A&M University
Elected for his outstanding research on rivers, estuaries and fish ecology and evolution, involving field sites throughout the Americas, Africa and Asia and for his advice to agencies on freshwater resource science and policy.

Erika Zavaleta,  Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Elected for high impact research in basic plant community ecology, the interface of community dynamics and ecosystem function, comprehensive analyses of major conservation challenges for islands and boreal ecosystems, and integration of sociological factors into assessments of agricultural ecosystems. 

Jizhong Zhou,  Chaired Professor, School of Microbiology and Plant Biology, and Director, Institute for Environmental Genomics, University of Oklahoma
Elected for substantial contributions to the advancement and maturation of microbial ecology in the United States and China, including developing the interface between theoretical ecology and microbiology.

 

Early Career Fellows (2018 – 2022) elected for advancing the science of ecology and showing promise for continuing contributions:

William Anderegg,  Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Utah
Elected for advancing our fundamental ecological knowledge of how trees respond to drought and how we might expect the interactions of water stress and climate change to impact our nation’s forests.

Sarah E. Diamond,  George B. Mayer Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Studies, Department of Biology, Case Western Reserve University
Elected for far-reaching contributions in the areas of urban ecology, climate change impacts, and introduced species using ecophysiology, macroecology, and evolutionary ecology, and statistical modeling.

Tyler Kartzinel,  Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University
Elected for outstanding contributions at the interface of ecology and molecular biology, and for his pioneering use of DNA metabarcoding to elucidate the structure of complex terrestrial food webs.

Douglas McCauley,  Assistant Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara
Elected for helping advance understanding of the complex ecological functions of large vertebrates in marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and for furthering the use of this information in conservation and environmental policy.

Allison K. Shaw,  Assistant Professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota
Elected for innovative contributions to the fields of ecology, evolution, and behavior through the development of cutting-edge modeling approaches to answer general questions about dispersal, animal migration, disease ecology, conservation, and invasion biology.

Marjorie G. Weber,  Assistant Professor, Plant Biology Department and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program, Michigan State University
Elected for outstanding research linking the ecology and macroevolution of plant-arthropod interactions, integrating diverse tools from comparative phylogenetics, community and chemical ecology, and manipulative field experiments.

Wendy H. Yang,  Assistant Professor, Plant Biology and Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Elected for outstanding contributions to research, teaching, and outreach in the fields of biogeochemistry and global change biology.


The Ecological Society of America, founded in 1915, is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge, committed to advancing the understanding of life on Earth. The 9,000 member Society publishes five journals and a membership bulletin and broadly shares ecological information through policy, media outreach, and education initiatives. The Society’s Annual Meeting attracts 4,000 attendees and features the most recent advances in ecological science. Visit the ESA website at http://www.esa.org.

Ecological Society of America announces 2016 fellows

Details on the 2016 ESA Annual Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773 ext. 205, alison@esa.org

 

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce its 2016 fellows. The Society’s fellows program recognizes the many ways in which our members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and to management and policy.

ESA fellows and early career fellows are listed on the ESA Fellows page.

Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA, including, but not restricted to those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations and the broader society. They are elected for life.

Early career fellows are members who have advanced ecological knowledge and applications within 8 years of completing their doctoral training (or other terminal degree), and show promise of continuing to make outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA. They are elected for five years.

ESA established its fellows program in 2012 with the goal to honor its members and to support their competitiveness and advancement to leadership positions in the Society, at their institutions, and in broader society.

Fellows elected in 2016 for recognition of their service as members of the ESA Governing Board and advancing the science of ecology

Sharon K. Collinge, Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado – Boulder

Scott L. Collins, Professor, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico

Frank W. Davis, Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California – Santa Barbara

David M. Lodge, Director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University

Margaret D. Lowman, Director of Global Initiatives, The Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability, California Academy of Sciences

Nalini M. Nadkarni, Professor, Department of Ecology & Environmental Biology, University of Utah

Leslie A. Real, Asa G. Candler Professor, Department of Biology, Emory University

Fellows elected in 2016 in recognition for advancing the science of ecology

Steven R. Archer, Professor, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona
For novel integration of ecological, remote sensing and the earth science theory to advance the conservation and management of the world’s grassland and savanna ecosystems.

Greg P. Asner, Scientist, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science
For leading the effort to move ecology from the local to the continental scale by developing remote sensing techniques and using them to solve fundamental questions in land use, biogeochemistry, and biological diversity.

Cherie J. Briggs, Professor, Department of Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California – Santa Barbara
For pioneering research at the interface of fundamental, applied, and theoretical ecology, including seminal contributions to the biocontrol, disease ecology, mathematical biology, and amphibian conservation literature.

Judith L. Bronstein, Professor, Ecology Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
For seminal contributions to the understanding of mutually-beneficial interactions between species, as well as excellence in teaching and mentoring.

Carla E. Caceres, Professor, Department of Animal Biology, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
For research of fundamental importance that spans the fields of evolutionary ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and disease ecology, as well as extensive outreach work.

Howard V. Cornell, Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Science & Policy, University of California – Davis
For outstanding contributions to ecology in the areas of herbivore naturalenemy interactions, local regional relationships of species richness, and macroecology.

Andrew P. Dobson, Professor, Ecology Evolutionary Biology, Princeton Environmental Institute
For his pioneering research on the ecology of zoonotic and wildlife diseases and the role of parasites in food webs.

Stephen P. Ellner, Professor, Ecology Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
For his numerous and innovative contributions to ecology, with fundamental works in community ecology, population ecology and eco-evolutionary dynamics.

James R. Ehleringer, Director, Stable Isotope Ratio Facility for Environmental Research, Department of Biology, University of Utah
For leadership in understanding plant physiology and its implications for climate. Working at biochemical to global scales, he has discovered fundamental relationships between photosynthetic yields, transpiration, and environmental variables.

Catherine A. Gehring, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University
For her pioneering research in the field of community genetics and the role of plant genetics in defining microbial communities.

Mark E. Hay, Teasley and Regents’ Professor, School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology
For seminal contributions to understanding community organization, consumer-prey interactions, and the chemical cues regulating biotic interactions in aquatic ecosystems and to transforming conservation practices for coral reefs.

Alan K. Knapp, Professor, Department of Biology and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University
For his contributions to understanding the impacts of climatic variability and climate change on terrestrial ecosystems.

Richard L. Lindroth, Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Wisconsin – Madison
For pioneering research on gene-by-environment interactions and physiological tradeoffs in plant chemistry and trophic relationships, and global-change impacts on forest ecosystems.

Karen R. Lips, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Maryland
For her groundbreaking work on understanding the causes of amphibian declines and in formulating and coordinating conservation responses.

Michelle C. Mack, Professor, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Northern Arizona University
For seminal research contributions in plant ecology, spanning population to ecosystem science, including invasions, nutrient cycling, disturbance, and climate forcing, with emphasis on plant ecology in the arctic and boreal regions.

Marc  Mangel, Research Profesor, Department of Mathematical Biology, University of California – Santa Cruz
For his work as an innovative researcher in mathematical biology, an influential mentor to young scientists, a tireless administrator, and a generous member of the ecological community.

Peter B. Moyle, Associate Director, Center for Watershed Science, University of California – Davis
For huge and unique contributions to our understanding and management of inland fishes and freshwaters of California.

James D. Nichols, Senior Scientist, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey
For his broad contributions to ecology, especially estimation of population and community parameters.

Richard J. Norby, Research Staff Member, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
For fundamental research on the response of terrestrial organisms and ecosystems to elevated carbon dioxide atmospheres and environmental changes.

Julia K. Parrish, Professor SAFS & Associate Dean, College of the Environment, University of Washington
For innovation in developing a rigorous approach to citizen science that enhances public scientific literacy while bringing robust data to bear on a range of critical ecological questions and for leadership in addressing diversity issues in conservation a

N. LeRoy Poff, Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University
For pioneering research on stream ecology that has advanced ecological theory as well as playing a central role in developing solutions to critical environmental problems concerning water resources.

Paul A. Sandifer, Senior Science Advisor to the NOAA Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
For significant contributions in ecological research, natural resource management, ocean policy, the intersection of marine ecosystem health and human health, and interdisciplinary approaches to science and management.

Katriona Shea, Professor,  Department of Biology, and Alumni Professor of Biological Sciences, Eberly College of Science, the Pennsylvania State University
For developing important insights into pressing environmental problems, including reconciling conflicting empirical results about invader richness and disturbance-diversity relationships.

Whendee L. Silver, Professor and Rudy Grah Chair, Department of Environmental Science Policy & Management, University of California – Berkeley
For expanding foundational understanding of carbon, nitrogen, and iron biogeochemistry in tropical forests as well as carbon stabilization and loss from grassland soils and applying this understanding to inform policy and research decisions.

Katharine Suding, Associate Professor, Ecology Evolutionary Biology, Institute of Artic and Alphine Research, University of Colorado – Boulder
For exceptional research in the dynamics of grassland and tundra plant communities and the application of this leading-edge knowledge to the challenges of restoration, species invasion, and environmental change.

Kathleen K. Treseder,  Professor, Ecology Evolutionary Biology School of Biological Sciences, University of California – Irvine
For leadership in evaluating and communicating the importance of fungi in ecosystems, including in mediating ecosystem responses to global change.

Jackson R. Webster, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
For his substantial and important contributions to ecosystem ecology and pioneering the concept of nutrient spiraling in streams.

Early Career Fellows (2016–2020) for advancing the science of ecology and showing promise for continuing contributions

Jennifer K. Balch, Assistant Professor & Director of Earth Lab, Department of Geography, University of Colorado – Boulder
For her exceptional work and novel discoveries on fire risk, proliferation and consequences in both tropical and temperature ecosystems.

Michael H. Cortez, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Utah State University
For emerging leadership in in the study of eco-evolutionary dynamics within predator-prey systems, using rigorous theory, numerical simulation, and statistical analysis to shed new light on adaptation and its consequences.

Mary I. O’Connor, Assistant Professor,  Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia
For her outstanding research at the dynamic interface between metabolic ecology, biodiversity, and climate change in the oceans.

Kabir G. Peay, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University
For outstanding contributions in the areas of ectomycorrhizal, fungal, and community ecology, and for his innovative use of molecular methods to address classic ecological questions.

Sasha C. Reed, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey
For exceptional contributions in the fields of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry.

Ann Carla Staver, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
For her elegant combination of fieldwork, analysis of remote-sensing data, and mathematical theory to understand the role of fire in savanna and forest ecosystem dynamics.

Elizabeth M. Wolkovich, Assistant Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Center for the Environment
For her pioneering work on the effects of global change on the interactions among phenology, invasion biology, and community assembly.


The Ecological Society of America, founded in 1915, is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge, committed to advancing the understanding of life on Earth. The 10,000 member Society publishes six journals and a membership bulletin and broadly shares ecological information through policy, media outreach, and education initiatives. The Society’s Annual Meeting attracts 4,000 attendees and features the most recent advances in ecological science. Visit the ESA website at http://www.esa.org.

ESA announces 2014 Fellows

ESA LogoFor immediate release: 11 June 2014
Contact: Alison Mize, Alison@esa.org 202.833.8773, ext. 205

 

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce its 2014 fellows. The Society’s fellows program recognizes the many ways in which our members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and to management and policy.

ESA fellows and early career fellows are listed on the ESA Fellows page.

Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA, including, but not restricted to those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations and the broader society. They are elected for life.

Early career fellows are members typically within eight years of receiving their Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) who have begun making and show promise of continuing to make outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA. They are elected for five years.

ESA established its fellows program in 2012.

Awards Committee Chair Alan Hastings says that the program’s goals are to honor its members and to support their competitiveness and advancement to leadership positions in the Society, at their institutions and in broader society.

Kudos to all this year’s ESA Fellows!

2014 Fellows:

  • Andrew Blaustein, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University
  • Hal Caswell, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Jiquan Chen, Department of  Environmental Sciences,  The University of Toledo
  • Deborah Goldberg, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
  • James Grace, National Wetlands Research Center, United States Geological Survey
  • Mark Hunter, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ,University of Michigan
  • Stephen Jackson, DOI Southwest Climate Science Center, United States Geological Survey
  • Jon Keeley, Western Ecological Research Center, United States Geological Survey
  • Robert Naiman, School of Aquatic Fishery Services, University of Washington
  • Richard Ostfeld, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies
  • Alan Townsend, Environmental Studies Program and  INSTARR ( Institute of  Artic and Alpine Research) ,University of Colorado
  • John Vandermeer, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology , University of Michigan

 

2014 Early Career Fellows:

  • Marc Cadotte, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto-Scarborough
  • Daniel Donato, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • Heather Lynch, Department of Evolution and Ecology, Stony Brook University
  • Abraham Miller-Rushing, Acadia National Park, United States National Park Service
  • Laura Petes, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, on detail from the Climate Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 


 

The Ecological Society of America is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists and the trusted source of ecological knowledge.  ESA is committed to advancing the understanding of life on Earth.  The 10,000 member Society publishes five journals, convenes an annual scientific conference, and broadly shares ecological information through policy and media outreach and education initiatives. Visit the ESA website at http://www.esa.org