BES journal prizes awarded to early career researchers

Each year, the BES awards a prize for the best paper, in each of its five journals, by an author at the start of their research career.

The journal editors and the BES would like to congratulate the winners on their outstanding papers.

The winning and highly commended papers from each journal have been compiled into a freely available Virtual Issue.

The full list of 2017 BES Early Career Researcher Awards winners is as follows:

  • Harper Prize (Journal of Ecology): Dr Jenny Zambrano, University of MarylandJenny Zambrano, Yoshiko Iida, Robert Howe, et al. Neighbourhood defence gene similarity effects on tree performance: a community transcriptomic approach. J Ecol 2017, 105:3. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12765
  • Robert May Prize (Methods in Ecology and Evolution): Jonathan Henshaw, Australian National UniversityJonathan M. Henshaw and Yoav Zemel. A unified measure of linear and nonlinear selection on quantitative traits. Methods Ecol Evol 2017, 8:5. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12685
  • Haldane Prize (Functional Ecology): Dr Daniel B. Fitzgerald, Texas A&M UniversityDaniel B. Fitzgerald, Kirk O. Winemiller, et al. Using trophic structure to reveal patterns of trait‐based community assembly across niche dimensions. Funct Ecol 2017, 31:5. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12838
  • Southwood Prize (Journal of Applied Ecology): Dominik Behr, University of ZurichDominik M. Behr, Arpat Ozgul and Gabriele Cozzi. Combining human acceptance and habitat suitability in a unified socio‐ecological suitability model: a case study of the wolf in Switzerland. J Appl Ecol 2017, 54:6. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12880
  • Elton Prize (Journal of Animal Ecology): Dr Natalie A. Clay, University of OklahomaNatalie A. Clay, Richard J. Lehrter and Michael Kaspari. Towards a geography of omnivory: Omnivores increase carnivory when sodium is limiting. J Animal Ecol 2017, 86:6. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12754

The winners of the BES Early Career Researcher Awards are offered the opportunity to present their research at the Society’s annual meeting in December, which will bring together 1,700 ecologists from around 60 countries to discuss the latest advances in ecological research across the whole discipline. They have also received £250, a year’s membership of the BES, and a year’s subscription to the relevant journal.