Best Publication by a New Researcher

NZES Award for Best Publication in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology by a New Researcher

  • The NZES awards an annual prize of NZ$250 for the best published paper of an ecological nature by a new researcher in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology. This award is targeted at people at the start of their research career. The award will be announced at the Ecological Society’s annual conference, and reported in the NZES newsletter as well as being posted on the NZES website. Authors eligible for the award must meet the following criteria:
  • Be the first author or sole author of the paper 
  • Be a current member of the New Zealand Ecological Society
  • Either currently be a student or have graduated within the last three years (for this year’s award the applicant must have graduated after 30 June 2019), and be at the start of their research career (or otherwise at the discretion of the Scientific Editor in agreement with the Awards Convenor).
  • The paper must be published in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology.
  • Only one paper per eligible author (author to decide).


    All eligible publications will be reviewed by the Scientific Editor of the journal and forwarded to the council. The selection panel shall consist of current council members of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Scientific Editor of the journal. Where deemed appropriate the council may co-opt other ex-officio members of the council on to the selection panel, and/or delegate a sub-committee to oversee selection. At the discretion of the nominated committee no award may be made in any given year.


    Past Recipients: Best Paper by a New Researcher

    From 2010 only papers published in New Zealand Journal of Ecology were eligible for this award.

    2022. Aaron Heimann, University of Otago for the paper:

    2021. Jamie McAulay, Department of Conservation for the paper:

    • McAulay, J.R., Monks, J.M., Wilson, D.J., and Seddon, P. J. (2021). Individual specialists within a generalist niche: variable diet of stoats and implications for conservation. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 45(2): 3443.

    2020. Pauline Palmas, Aix-Marseille Université for the paper:

    • Palmas, P., Jourdan, H., Debar, L., Bourguet, E., Rigault, F., Bonnaud, E., and Vidal, E. (2020). A conservation paradox: endangered and iconic flightless kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) apparently escape feral cat predation. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 44(1): 3394.

    2019. Faline Drummond, Massey University for the paper:

    2018. James Brock, University of Auckland for the paper:

    2016. Rachel Buxton, University of Otago for the paper:

    • Buxton, R., Taylor, G., Jones, C. Lyver, P.O., Moller, H. Cree, A. and Towns, D. (2016) Spatio-temporal changes in density and distribution of burrow-nesting seabird colonies after rat eradication. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 40(1): 88-99.

    2015. Annette Evans, University of Auckland for the paper:

    2014. Ellen Cieraad, Landcare Research, for the paper: 

    2013. Sarah Wyse, University of Auckland, for the paper: 

    2012. Merodie Beavon, University of Canterbury, for the paper:

    2011. Susan Cunningham, Massey University, for the paper:

    2010. Imogen Bassett, School of Biological Science, University of Auckland, for the paper:

    2009. Dr Michelle Greenwood, University of Canterbury for the paper:

    • Greenwood M.J. McIntosh A.R.; 2008: Flooding impacts on responses of a riparian consumer to cross-ecosystem subsides. Ecology 89:1489-1486.

    2008. Cynthia Roberts, Lincoln University for the paper:

    • Roberts C.M, Duncan R.P, Wilson K-J. 2007: Burrowing seabirds affect forest regeneration, Rangatira Island, Chatham Islands, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 31: 208-222.

    2007. Robert Ewers, for the paper:

    • Ewers, R.M. Thorpe, S. and Didham R.K. 2007: Synergistic interactions between edge and area effects in a heavily fragmented landscape. Ecology 88: 96-106.

    2006. James Russell, for the paper:

    • Russell, J.C. and Clout, M.N. 2004. Modelling the distribution and interaction of introduced rodents on the New Zealand offshore islands. Global Ecology and Biogeography 13: 497–507.

    2005. Michael Joy, for the paper:

    • Joy, M.K. and Death, R.G. 2004: Predictive modelling and spatial mapping of freshwater fish and decapod assemblages using GIS and neural networks. Freshwater Biology 49: 1036-1052.

    2004. Rachel Standish, for the paper:

    • Standish, R.J.; Williams, P.A.; Roberston, A.W.; Scott, N.A. and Hedderley, D.I. 2004: Invasion by a perennial herb increases decomposition rate and alters nutrient availability in warm  temperate lowland forest remnants. Biological Invasions 6: 71-81.

    2003. Not presented.

    2002. Angela Moles, for the paper:

    • Moles, A.T.; Westoby, M. 2003: Latitude, seed predation, and seed mass. Journal of Biogeography 30(1): 105-128.

    2001. Duane Peltzer, Landcare Research, for the paper:

    • Peltzer, D.A.; Wilson, S.D. 2001: Variation in plant responses to neighbors at local and regional scales. The American Naturalist 157(6): 610-625.