Virtual Issue: BES Young Investigator Awards – winners and highly commended papers 2012

Each year the BES awards a prize for the best paper, in each of its journals, by an author at the start of their research career. This virtual issue brings together the winning and highly commended papers selected by the editors from journal issues published in 2012.

Functional Ecology | Journal of Animal Ecology | Journal of Applied Ecology | Journal of Ecology | Methods in Ecology and Evolution


Winner of the Haldane Prize: Ulrike Lampe
Staying tuned: grasshoppers from noisy roadside habitats produce courtship signals with elevated frequency components
Ulrike Lampe, Tim Schmoll, Alexandra Franzke, Klaus Reinhold

Highly commended papers:
Flower movement increases pollinator preference for flowers with better grip
Katrina Alcorn, Heather Whitney, Beverley Glover

Leaf, stem and root tissue strategies across 758 Neotropical tree species
Claire Fortunel, Paul V. A. Fine, Christopher Baraloto

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Winner of the Elton Prize: Sonya K. Auer
Life histories have a history: effects of past and present conditions on adult somatic growth rates in wild Trinidadian guppies
Sonya K. Auer, Andrés Lopez-Sepulcre, Thomas Heatherly, Tyler J. Kohler, Ronald D. Bassar, Steven A. Thomas, David N. Reznick

Highly commended papers:
Behavioural resistance against a protozoan parasite in the monarch butterfly
Thierry Lefèvre, Allen Chiang, Mangala Kelavkar, Hui Li, James Li, Carlos Lopez Fernandez de Castillejo, Lindsay Oliver, Yamini Potini, Mark D. Hunter, Jacobus C. de Roode

Male reproductive success increases with alliance size in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus)
Joanna Wiszniewski, Shannon Corrigan, Luciano B. Beheregaray, Luciana M. Möller

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Winner of the Southwood Prize: Andrew D. Olds
Synergistic effects of reserves and connectivity on ecological resilience
Andrew D. Olds, Kylie A. Pitt, Paul S. Maxwell, Rod M. Connolly

Highly commended papers:
Hotspots of exotic free-spawning sex: man-made environment facilitates success of an invasive seastar
Scott D. Ling, Craig R. Johnson, Craig N. Mundy, Alice Morris, D. Jeff Ross

More bang for the land manager's buck: disturbance autocorrelation can be used to achieve management objectives at no additional cost
Andrew Garrison, Adam Miller, Stephen H. Roxburgh, Katriona Shea

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Winner of the Harper Prize: Simon W. Doxford
Changes in the large-scale distribution of plants: extinction, colonisation and the effects of climate
Simon W. Doxford, Robert P. Freckleton

Highly commended papers:
Multiple mechanisms for trait effects on litter decomposition: moving beyond home-field advantage with a new hypothesis
Grégoire T. Freschet, Rien Aerts, Johannes H. C. Cornelissen

Evolution of dispersal traits in a biogeographical context: a study using the heterocarpic Rumex bucephalophorus as a model
María Talavera, Montserrat Arista, Pedro L. Ortiz

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Winner of the Robert M. May Prize: Sarah K. Papworth
Movement ecology of human resource users: using net squared displacement, biased random bridges and resource utilization functions to quantify hunter and gatherer behaviour
Sarah K. Papworth, Nils Bunnefeld, Katie Slocombe, E. J. Milner-Gulland

Highly commended papers:
TrapCam: an inexpensive camera system for studying deep-water animals
Brett Favaro, Corinna Lichota, Isabelle M. Côté, Stefanie D. Duff

Developing a deeper understanding of animal movements and spatial dynamics through novel application of network analyses
David M. P. Jacoby, Edward J. Brooks, Darren P. Croft, David W. Sims

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