Outstanding Publication on New Zealand Ecology

Closing date for nominations for the Outstanding Publication on New Zealand Ecology award for 2020 is 17 April 17 September (deadline extended). Please send your applications (in the form of an attached pdf or MS Word .docx file) to the awards convenor, James Russell.

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

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.