Best Publication by a New Researcher

NZES Award for Best Publication in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology by a New Researcher

The NZES awards an annual prize of NZ$1,000 for the best published paper of an ecological nature, by a new researcher in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology. This award is targeted at people at the start of their research career. The award will be announced at the Ecological Society’s annual conference, and reported in the NZES newsletter as well as being posted on the NZES website. Authors wishing to be considered must meet the following criteria:

• Be the senior author or sole author of the paper
• Provide a short statement identifying the role each of the authors had in the publication
• Be a current member of the New Zealand Ecological Society
• Either currently be a student or have graduated within the last three years (for this year’s award the applicant must have graduated after 30 June 2008), and be at the start of their research career.
• The paper must be published in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology.
• Only one paper per eligible author.

Authors wishing to be considered for this award should send their publication to [email protected] by June 30th 2012.

All applicants should supply a contact email and postal address and a summary to confirm they meet all the criteria for this award. All publications will be reviewed by a committee nominated by the NZES council. At the discretion of the nominated committee no award may be made in any given year.

Past Recipients: Best Paper by a New Researcher

2001. Duane Peltzer, Landcare Research, for the paper:

  • Peltzer, D.A.; Wilson, S.D. 2001: Variation in plant responses to neighbors at local and regional scales. The American Naturalist 157(6): 610-625.

2002. Angela Moles, for the paper:

  • Moles, A.T.; Westoby, M. 2003: Latitude, seed predation, and seed mass. Journal of Biogeography 30(1): 105-128.

2003. Not presented.

2004. Rachel Standish, for the paper:

  • Standish, R.J.; Williams, P.A.; Roberston, A.W.; Scott, N.A. and Hedderley, D.I. 2004: Invasion by a perennial herb increases decomposition rate and alters nutrient availability in warm  temperate lowland forest remnants. Biological Invasions 6: 71-81.

2005. Michael Joy, for the paper:

  • Joy, M.K. and Death, R.G. 2004: Predictive modelling and spatial mapping of freshwater fish and decapod assemblages using GIS and neural networks. Freshwater Biology 49: 1036-1052.

2006. James Russell, for the paper:

  • Russell, J.C. and Clout, M.N. 2004. Modelling the distribution and interaction of introduced rodents on the New Zealand offshore islands. Global Ecology and Biogeography 13: 497–507.

2007. Robert Ewers, for the paper:

  • Ewers, R.M. Thorpe, S. and Didham R.K. 2007: Synergistic interactions between edge and area effects in a heavily fragmented landscape. Ecology 88: 96-106.

2008. Cynthia Roberts, Lincoln University for the paper:;

  • Roberts C.M, Duncan R.P, Wilson K-J. 2007: Burrowing seabirds affect forest regeneration, Rangatira Island, Chatham Islands, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 31: 208-222.

2009. Dr Michelle Greenwood, University of Canterbury for the paper:

  • Greenwood M.J. McIntosh A.R.; 2008: Flooding impacts on responses of a riparian consumer to cross-ecosystem subsides. Ecology 89:1489-1486.

2010. Imogen Bassett, School of Biological Science, University of Auckland, for the paper:

  • Bassett, I.E.; Beggs, J.R.; Paynter, Q. 2010: Decomposition dynamics of invasive alligator weed compared with native sedges in a Northland lake. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 34: 324-331.