Nominations for the Te Tohu Taiao Award (formerly NZES award) for 2023 should be emailed directly to the awards convenor by Friday 18 August 2023.
This award is presented annually to recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the study and application of ecological science with a focus on New Zealand ecology. The award is made to the person(s) who have published the best original research regarding the ecology of New Zealand or its dependencies (including the Ross Dependency), or to the person(s) who have made a sustained and outstanding contribution to applied ecology, particularly conservation and management.
Recipients of the award are invited to give a plenary talk at the next annual NZ Ecological Society Conference and at the next annual conference of the Ecological Society of Australia. The Society awards recipients complimentary registration for the next NZ Ecological Society conference, and support towards associated travel and accommodation costs to attend - normally up to $1000 at the discretion of the council.
NB. This award used to be presented to members only, but since 2006, non-members are also eligible. Awardees can only obtain the award once.
Nominations can be made by the nominee or an independent nominator and must include a detailed statement of support summarising the nominee’s contribution to ecological science in New Zealand systems. Additional supporting information such as letters of support from others may also be provided. Nominations will be held for three years from submission for consideration, and may be updated annually by way of re-submission.
Statement of outstanding contributions to ecology
Nominations for the Te Tohu Taiao – Award for Ecological Excellence should summarise in two pages or less the nominee’s outstanding achievements in advancing the field of ecology that merit this award. Please provide an overview of the nominee’s contributions to the ecology of New Zealand or its dependencies, including a brief summary of field(s) of study and how the nominee has achieved ecological excellence.
Nominations should provide specific evidence for each achievement. Evidence for outstanding ecological contributions may include, but is not limited to, scientific breakthroughs, significant advances in our understanding of particular fields of ecology, novelty of ideas, development of innovative new techniques, significant uptake or application of knowledge or new techniques by others, changing the way we do things, publication in scientific journals, publication of landmark books, key awards, appointments or other distinctions, and recognition from within New Zealand or overseas.
This statement is limited to two pages.
Additional supporting information
In addition to the statement above, any relevant information that supports the nomination may also be included. Examples of relevant supporting information include:
- A list of key publications or activities that demonstrate outstanding ecological contributions. These may include, but are not limited to, examples of scientific breakthroughs, pioneering techniques or tools, first application of a new technique to New Zealand ecosystems, critical review or synthesis of a research area, or research resulting in paradigm-shifts for New Zealand or global ecology. For publications, include the full citation. A 1-2 sentence summary of the publication or activity and its importance may also be included.
- Years of professional service as an ecologist, and h-index (measures both productivity and impact of publications; a scholar with an index of h has published h papers each of which has been cited in other papers at least h times)
- Key appointments
- Professional positions held (years, position, institution, activity)
- List of peer-reviewed publications
- List of books or book chapters
- Mentoring and supervision
The selection panel shall consist of current elected council members of the New Zealand Ecological Society. Where deemed appropriate the council may co-opt 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: Te Tohu Taiao - Award for Ecological Excellence.
Cameos of past recipients can be viewed here.
2022. Philip Hulme, Lincoln University
2021. Doug Armstrong, Massey University
2020. Phil Lyver, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
2019. Sarah Richardson, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
2018. George Perry, University of Auckland
2017. Graeme Elliott, Department of Conservation
2016. Peter Bellingham, Landcare Research
2015. Jacqueline Beggs, University of Auckland
2014. Jason Tylianakis, University of Canterbury
2013. Janet Wilmshurst, Landcare Research
2012. Ian Jamieson, University of Otago
2011. Richard Duncan, Lincoln University
2010. George Gibbs, Victoria University, Wellington
2009. Kath Dickinson, University of Otago
2008. John Ogden, University of Auckland
2007. Mick Clout, University of Auckland
2006. Matt McGlone, Landcare Research, Lincoln
2005. David Given, Lincoln University
2003. Not presented
2001. David Wardle, University of Sheffield, England
1999. Carolyn King, University of Waikato
1998. John Innes, Landcare Research, Hamilton
1997. John McLennan, Landcare Research, Palmerston North
1996. Nigel Barlow, AgResearch, Lincoln
1995. Bill Lee, Landcare Research, Dunedin
1994. Not presented
1993. Not presented
1992. Edwin Graeme White, Lincoln University, Canterbury
1991. Colin Burrows, University of Canterbury