Outstanding Publication on New Zealand Ecology

The nominations for the Outstanding Publication on New Zealand Ecology award for 2020 have now closed.

The purpose of this award is to recognise a publication made in the last three years that has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding and/or management of ecosystems (terrestrial, aquatic or marine) in New Zealand or its dependencies (including the Ross Dependency). Publications may take the form of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters or books. They are not restricted to articles in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology, although these are eligible for nomination.

The Society awards recipients a $250 prize.

If possible, nominations should include a brief comment on publication’s significance. The nominee should typically be the senior author or sole author of the paper.

Nominations for the 2020 award must have a first publication date (including online early) of 1 January 2018 or later.


Past Recipients: Outstanding publication on New Zealand Ecology

2020. Jo Carpenter, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research for the paper:

Carpenter, J.K., Wood, J.R., Wilmshurst, J.M. & Kelly, D. (2018). An avian seed dispersal paradox: New Zealand's extinct megafaunal birds did not disperse large seeds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285: 20180352.

2019. The award was awarded jointly to:

Angus McIntosh, University of Canterbury for the paper:

McIntosh, A.R., McHugh, P.A., Plank, M.J., Jellyman, P.G., Warburton, H.J., Greig, H.S. (2018). Capacity to support predators scales with habitat size. Science Advances 4(7): eaap7523.

Priscilla Wehi, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research for the paper:

Wehi, P.M., Cox, M.P., Roa, T., Whaanga, H. (2018). Human perceptions of megafaunal extinction events revealed by linguistic analysis of indigenous oral traditions. Human Ecology 46: 461-470.​

2018. Alex Boast, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research for the paper:

Boast, A., Weyrich, L., Wood, J., Metcalf, J., Knight, R., & Cooper, A. (2018). Coprolites reveal ecological interactions lost with the extinction of New Zealand birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(7): 1546-1551.

2016. Janet Wilmshurst, Landcare Research for the paper:

Wilmshurst JM, Moar NT, Wood JR, Bellingham PJ, Findlater AM, Robinson JJ and Stone C 2013. Use of pollen and ancient DNA as conservation baselines for offshore islands in New Zealand. Conservation Biology 28(1): 202-212.

2015. Josie Galbraith, University of Auckland for the paper:

Galbraith, J.A., Beggs, J.R., Jones, D.N. and Stanley, M.C., 2015. Supplementary feeding restructures urban bird communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(20), pp.E2648-E2657.

2014. Grant Norbury, Landcare Research, for the paper:

Norbury, G., Byrom A., Pech R., Smith J., Clarke D., Anderson D., and Forrester G.. 2013. Invasive mammals and habitat modification interact to generate unforeseen outcomes for indigenous fauna. Ecological Applications 23:1707–1721.