Virtual Issue: BES Early Career Researcher Awards – winners and highly commended papers 2015


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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 2015.

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

Winner of the Haldane Prize: Brian Steidinger
Variability in potential to exploit different soil organic phosphorus compounds among tropical montane tree species
Brian S. Steidinger, Benjamin L. Turner, Adriana Corrales, James W. Dalling


Highly commended papers:
Higher establishment success in specialized parasitoids: support for the existence of trade-offs in the evolution of specialization
Silvia Rossinelli, Sven Bacher

Radial changes in wood specific gravity of tropical trees: inter- and intraspecific variation during secondary succession
Benjamin T. Plourde, Vanessa K. Boukili, Robin L. Chazdon


Winner of the Elton Prize:  Jonathan Pruitt 
Animal personality in a foundation species drives community divergence and collapse in the wild.
Jonathan N. Pruitt, Andreas P. Modlmeier

Highly commended papers:
Plant resistance reduces the strength of consumptive and non-consumptive effects of predators on aphids
Mônica F. Kersch-Becker, Jennifer S. Thaler

Unravelling the annual cycle in a migratory animal: breeding-season habitat loss drives population declines of monarch butterflies
D. T. Tyler Flockhart, Jean-Baptiste Pichancourt, D. Ryan Norris and Tara G. Martin


Winner of the Southwood Prize:  Dustin Ranglack
Competition on the range: science vs. perception in a bison–cattle conflict in the western USA
Dustin H. Ranglack, Susan Durham, Johan T. du Toit

Highly commended papers:
Land-use impacts on the quantity and configuration of ecosystem service provisioning in Massachusetts, USA
Meghan Blumstein, Jonathan R. Thompson

A basin-scale application of environmental DNA assessment for rare endemic species and closely related exotic species in rivers: a case study of giant salamanders in Japan
Sou Fukumoto, Atushi Ushimaru, Toshifumi Minamoto


Winner of the Harper Prize:  Yuuya Tachiki 
A spatially explicit model for flowering time in bamboos: long rhizomes drive the evolution of delayed flowering
Yuuya Tachiki, Akifumi Makita, Yoshihisa Suyama, Akiko Satake

Highly commended papers:
Impacts of geography, taxonomy and functional group on inorganic carbon use patterns in marine macrophytes
Courtney C. Stepien

Historically browsed jewelweed populations exhibit greater tolerance to deer herbivory than historically protected populations
Laura J. Martin, Anurag A. Agrawal, Clifford E. Kraft


Winner of the Robert May Prize:  Kim Calders
Nondestructive estimates of above-ground biomass using terrestrial laser scanning
Kim Calders, Glenn Newnham, Andrew Burt, Simon Murphy, Pasi Raumonen, Martin Herold, Darius Culvenor, Valerio Avitabile, Mathias Disney, John Armston, Mikko Kaasalainen

Highly commended papers:
The Delphi technique in ecology and biological conservation: applications and guidelines
Nibedita Mukherjee, Jean Hugé, William J. Sutherland, Jeffrey McNeill, Maarten Van Opstal, Farid Dahdouh-Guebas, Nico Koedam

Assessing the performance of a semi-automated acoustic monitoring system for primates
Stefanie Heinicke, Ammie K. Kalan, Oliver J.J. Wagner, Roger Mundry, Hanna Lukashevich, Hjalmar S. Kühl


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