Best Student Conference Paper

Outstanding Student Presentations - NZES 2015 conference 

The society makes an annual award to the students who are judged to have presented the best oral papers at the Society’s annual conference. The award comprises:

• One year’s free membership of the society
• A certificate
• A prize of NZ$150

In 2015 we will offer FIVE Outstanding Student Presentation Awards. Students wanting to be considered for either award must submit supporting information (see below) at the time they submit their abstracts through the NZES2015 website ( Only those students who apply for the awards will be considered. The deadline for abstract submission is September 1st.

The following supporting information is required (as a pdf file):

  1. Title of presentation/poster.
  2. Your name, the degree you are enrolled in (with enrolment dates) and the department and institute you are studying at.
  3. A 750 word summary (excluding three key references) that includes the following:
    1. A statement of why you consider the research covered by your presentation/poster to be important, including reference to three key papers that have helped shape your research (and you must include the full citations for these papers following the format used in NZ Journal of Ecology).
    2. A summary of what you see the key results from your research being.
    3. A short discussion on the implications of your research for ecology or conservation (these can be theoretical or practical implications).
  4. One figure or table from your research that highlights a key finding from your results or a conceptual diagram of a theoretical aspect of your research.  Provide a brief (100 word max) summary explaining the figure/table/diagram.

Judging: Assessment of presentations will be weighted 50% on the summary and 50% on the presentation at the conference.

Note: this award does not consider papers presented at the student session of the conference or papers presented by individuals who have been graduates for more than twelve months.


Past Recipients: Best Student Conference Paper



Freya Thomas, University of Melbourne
Second: Sichong Chen, University of New South Wales
Highly commended: Nixie Boddy, University of Canterbury
Conservation Biology Society Award: Patrick Garvey, University of Auckland
2012 Belinda Whyte, Lincoln University
Highly commended: Christine Sheppard, University of Auckland
2011 Catherine Bryan, University of Waikato
Highly commended: Fiona Clarkson, University of Waikato
2010 Josie Galbraith, University of Auckland
Highly commended: Helen Nathan, University of Auckland
2008 Ben Barr, Massey University, Auckland
Second place: Dylan Van Winkel Massey University, Auckland
2007 Susan Cunningham, Massey University
2005 Michelle Greenwood, University of Canterbury
2004 Priscilla McAllum, University of Waikato
2003 Harshi Gamage, Victoria University
2002 Yanbin Deng, University of Auckland
2001 Yanbin Deng, University of Auckland
Angela Moles, Macquarie University, Australia
2000 Wade Tozer, Waikato University
1999 Deborah Wilson, University of British Colombia, Canada
Souzi McGill, Lincoln University, Canterbury
1998 Alison Evans Lincoln University, Canterbury
Nick Bond, University of Melbourne, Australia
Paula Peters, Monash University, Australia
1997 Lynette Hartley, Waikato University, Hamilton
1996 Shona Lamoureaux, University of Canterbury
1995 Eric Edwards Otago University, Dunedin
David Forsyth Lincoln University, Canterbury
1993-94 Not presented
1992 Janet Wilmshurst, University of Canterbury
1991 Mel van Aalst, Auckland University
Fran Hyland, Victoria University, Wellington
Chris Lusk, Auckland University
1990 Liz Slooten, University of Canterbury
Stephen Dawson, University of Canterbury