Ecology in Action Award

Nominations for this award are now closed.

The Ecology in Action award reflects one of the primary aims of the society: the promotion of the study of ecology and the application of ecological knowledge in all its aspects. This award was established to recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the application of ecological knowledge, including communication, education and transfer of ecological science at the grass roots in NZ or the Pacific. The Society would like to recognise such individuals’ achievements in promoting ecology and education, with landowners, community groups, politicians, councils and others. The society recognises the important role of the transfer of ecological knowledge in changing behaviours and achieving practical protection and restoration of biodiversity.

Recipients of the award are invited to give a plenary talk at the next annual NZ Ecological Society Conference. The Society awards recipients complimentary registration for this conference, and support towards associated travel and accommodation costs to attend. The work can also be given profile via a media item, or highlighted in the NZ Ecological Society newsletter.

Nominations must include a detailed statement of support outlining the nominee’s outstanding contributions to the practice and application of ecology. Nominations should provide specific evidence for each achievement. Evidence for outstanding application of ecological knowledge may include, but is not limited to, applied ecological breakthroughs, development of innovative new techniques, significant uptake or application of knowledge or new techniques by others, changing the way we do things and transfer of ecological knowledge to others including community groups, regulatory agencies and landowners. Nominations may include letters of support from others.

Past Recipients Ecology in Action Award

YEAR
AWARDED
RECIPIENT
2016 Chris Green (Department of Conservation)
2015 Laura Molles (Lincoln University)

2014

Kevin Parker (Parker Conservation)

2013 Not presented

2012

John Ogden (Great Barrier Island Charitable Trust)

2011

John Sawyer (Auckland Council)

2010

Marieke Lettink (Fauna Finders, Christchurch)

2009

Mike Joy (Massey University)

2008

Henrik Moller (University of Otago)

2007

Frances Schmechel (Environment Canterbury)

2006

Colin Meurk (Landcare Research)

2005

Karen Denyer (Waikato Regional Council)