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Robert H. MacArthur Award

The Robert H. MacArthur Award is given biannually to an established ecologist in mid-career for meritorious contributions to ecology, in the expectation of continued outstanding ecological research. Nominees may be from any country and need not be ESA members. The recipient is invited to prepare an address for presentation at the annual meeting of the society and for publication in Ecology.

YearFull NameLast NameESA BulletinCitation
2022Priyanga AmarasekareAmarasekareLink
2020Jonathan M. LevineLevineLink
2018Katharine N. SudingSudingLink
2016Anurag A. AgrawalAgrawalLink
2014Mercedes PascualPascualLink
2012Anthony R. IvesIvesLinkTheoretical inference from models and data
2010Stephen W. PacalaPacalaLinkHow to build a young field in a crisis: Lessons from studies that added greatly to the basic intellectual foundation of ecology while solving an important applied problem
2008Monica TurnerTurnerLinkDisturbance and landscape dynamics in a changing world. Ecology 91:2833–2849.
2006Alan HastingsHastingsLinkTimescales, dynamics, and ecological understanding. Ecology 91:3471–3480.
2004May Roberta BerenbaumBerenbaumLink
2002James Hemphill BrownBrownLinkToward a metabolic theory of ecology. Ecology 85:1771-1789. Link
2000Stephen Russell CarpenterCarpenterLinkEcological futures: building an ecology of the long now. Ecology 83:2069-2083. Link
1998Robert V. O'NeillO'NeillLinkIs it time to bury the ecosystem concept? (With full military honors, of course!). Ecology 82:3275-3284. Link
1996David TilmanTilmanLinkThe ecological consequences of changes in biodiversity: A search for general principles. Ecology 80:1455-1474. Link
1994Henry Miles WilburWilburLinkExperimental ecology of food webs: complex systems in temporary ponds. Ecology 78:2279-2302. Link
1992Peter Morrison VitousekVitousekLinkBeyond global warming: ecology and global change. Ecology 75:1861-1876. Link
1990William M. MurdochMurdochLinkPopulation regulation in theory and practice. Ecology 75:271-287. Link
1988Simon Asher LevinLevinLinkThe problem of pattern and scale in ecology. Ecology 73:1943-1967. Link
1986Thomas William SchoenerSchoenerLinkFood webs from the small to the large. Ecology 70:1559-1589. Link
1984Robert McCreadie MayMayLinkThe search for patterns in the balance of nature: advances and retreats. Ecology 67:1115-1126. Link
1983Robert Treat PainePaineLinkEcological determinism in the competition for space. Ecology 65:1339-1348. Link