Virtual Issue: BES Young Investigator Prizes - winners and runners up 2011

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 papers and those selected by the editors as worthy of special mention as runners up from journal issues published in 2011. Congratulations to all concerned.

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


Winner of the Haldane Prize: Julie Cooke
Silicon concentration and leaf longevity: is silicon a player in the leaf dry mass spectrum?
Julia Cooke and Michelle R. Leishman

The direct and indirect effects of guppies: implications for life-history evolution in Rivulus hartii
Matthew R. Walsh, Douglas F. Fraser, Ronald D. Bassar and David N. Reznick

Closely related pollen generalist bees differ in their ability to develop on the same pollen diet: evidence for physiological adaptations to digest pollen
Claudio Sedivy, Andreas Müller and Silvia Dorn


Winner of the Elton Prize: Philip Matich
Contrasting patterns of individual specialization and trophic coupling in two marine apex predators
Philip Matich, Michael R. Heithaus and Craig A. Layman

Experimental demography and the vital rates of generalist and specialist insect herbivores on native and novel host plants
Carlos García-Robledo and Carol C. Horvitz

Climatic constraints on wintering bird distributions are modified by urbanization and weather
Benjamin Zuckerberg, David N. Bonter, Wesley M. Hochachka, Walter D. Koenig, Arthur T. DeGaetano and Janis L. Dickinson


Winner of the Southwood Prize: Nicholas Beeton
Models predict that culling is not a feasible strategy to prevent extinction of Tasmanian devils from facial tumour disease
Nick Beeton and Hamish McCallum

Past and present management influences the seed bank and seed rain in a rural landscape mosaic
Alistair G. Auffret and Sara A. O. Cousins

Experimental warming induces degradation of a Tibetan alpine meadow through trophic interactions
Guoyong Li, Yinzhan Liu, Lee E. Frelich and Shucun Sun


Winner of the Harper Prize: Ryan Phillips
Do mycorrhizal symbioses cause rarity in orchids?
Ryan D. Phillips, Matthew D. Barrett, Kingsley W. Dixon and Stephen D. Hopper

Is rapid evolution common in introduced plant species?
Joanna Buswell, Angela Moles and Stephen Hartley

Intra- and interspecific plant–soil interactions, soil legacies and priority effects during old-field succession
Tess F. J. van de Voorde, Wim H. van der Putten and T. Martijn Bezemer


Winner of the Robert M. May Prize: Tyler Kuhn
A simple polytomy resolver for dated phylogenies
Tyler S. Kuhn, Arne Ø. Mooers and Gavin H. Thomas

On the approximation of continuous dispersal kernels in discrete-space models
Joseph D. Chipperfield, E. Penelope Holland, Calvin Dytham, Chris D. Thomas and Thomas Hovestadt

Getting started with meta-analysis
Freya Harrison



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