Recognition of Research Excellence

Each year, the E&ERC confers a series of research awards for outstanding performance in that year.

The full list of awards:

  • Outstanding Evolution and Ecology (Postgraduate) Researcher
  • Outstanding Evolution and Ecology Student Paper
  • Outstanding Evolution and Ecology Thesis
  • Outstanding Outreach and Communication in Evolution and Ecology
  • Outstanding E&ERC (Postgraduate) Graphic
  • E&ERC Undergraduate Student Service Award
  • E&ERC Supervisor Excellence Award
  • E&ERC Citation Classic Award
  • E&ERC Impact Paper Award
  • E&ERC Significant Collaboration Award

Students and staff are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate colleagues with the winners being announced at a special ceremony before the first E&ERC seminar of the year.

Previous Winners

Outstanding Evolution and Ecology (Postgraduate) Researcher

2019 Rose O’Dea
2018 Claire Brandenburger
2017 Kobe Martin
2016 Floret Meredith
2015 Nathan Burke
2014 Si-Chong Chen
2013 Rhiannon Dalrymple
2012 Habacuc Flores Moreno
2010 Tiffanie Nelson; Special Mention: Alexandra Campbell
2009 Alex Jordan
2008 Matthew Hall, Katherine Dafforn

Outstanding Evolution and Ecology Student Paper

2019 Manon Sabot
2018 Rose O’Dea
2017 Amy Hooper, Runner up: Nathan Burke
2016 Si-Chong Chen and Kobe Martin – Honourable mention to Justin Wan
2015 Si-Chong Chen
2014 Francis Hui
2013 Joshua Griffiths
2012 Catherine Price
2011 Graeme Clark
2010 Fiona Thomson
2009 Lee Rollins
2008 Matthew Hall

Outstanding Evolution and Ecology Thesis

2019 Claire Brandenburger
2018 Nathan Burke
2016 Stephanie Brodie
2015 Rhiannon Dalrymple
2014 Marlee Tucker
2013 Katelyn Edge
2012 Margo Adler
2011 Lyndon Alexander Jordan and Laura Warman
2010 Louise MacKenzie
2008 David Roberts

Outstanding Outreach and Communication in Evolution and Ecology

2019 Casey Kirchoff
2018 Cat Vendl and Suz Everingham
2017 Claire Brandenburger
2016 Valentin Heimhuber
Crispin Rice Prize for Outreach and Communication in Evolution and Ecology

2014 Nathan Burke
2013 Tempe Adams
2012 Margo Adler
2011 Toni Ferrara (Williams)
2010 Lyndon Alexander Jordan

Outstanding Evolution and Evolution (Postgraduate) graphic

2019 Rose O'Dea
2016 Robbi Bishop-Taylor
2015 Stephanie Brodie
2014 Rhiannon Dalrymple

E&ERC Undergraduate Student Service Award

2019 Zoe Ford
2018 Scarlett Li-Williams

E&ERC Citation Classic Award

2019 Will Cornwell - WK Cornwell, DD Ackerly. Community assembly and shifts in plant trait distributions across an environmental gradient in coastal California, Ecological Monographs 79 (1), 109-126. Cited 116 in 2019
2017 Shinichi Nakagawa - Nakagawa, S & Schielzeth, H (2013) A general and simple method for obtaining R2 from generalized linear mixed-effects models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 4: 133-142 [Link] 658 cites in 2017.
2016 Shinichi Nakagawa - Nakagawa, S. & Cuthill, I. (2007) Effect size, confidence interval and statistical significance: a practical guide for biologists. Biological Reviews.82: 591-605. This paper is cited 197 times in 2016 (ISI Jan 2017).
2015 Michael Kasumovic - 39 Web of Science, 48 Google Scholar - Lailvaux SP, Kasumovic, MM ,Defining individual quality over lifetimes and selective contexts,Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 278 (1704, 321-328)
2013 Will Cornwell - 74 citations in Web of Science - Cornwell, William K.,et al. "Plant species traits are the predominant control on litter decomposition rates within biomes worldwide."Ecology Letters 11.10 (2008): 1065-1071
2012 David Warton - 44 web of knowledge citations - Warton, David I.; Hui, Francis K.C. The arcsine is asinine: the analysis of proportions in ecology. ECOLOGY 92:1, 3-10    2011  DOI:10.1890/10-0340.1

E&ERC Impact Paper Award

2019 Erin Macartney - Macartney, E. L., Crean A. J., Nakagawa, S., Bonduriansky, R. 2019. Effects of nutrient limitation on sperm and seminal fluid: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Biological Reviews: 94, 1722 – 1739. 2018 impact factor 10.288

2018 Khandis Blake - KR Blake, B Bastian, TF Denson, P Grosjean, RC Brooks. 2018. Income inequality not gender inequality positively covaries with female sexualization on social media, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (35), 8722-8727. 2017 impact factor 9.504. Daniel Falster - DS Falster, RA Duursma, RG FitzJohn, How functional traits influence plant growth and shade tolerance across the life cycle, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (29), E6789-E6798. 2017 impact factor 9.504 & JS Camac, R Condit, RG FitzJohn, L McCalman, D Steinberg, M Westoby, S Joseph Wright, Daniel S Falster, Partitioning mortality into growth-dependent and growth-independent hazards across 203 tropical tree species, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (49), 12459-12464. 2017 impact factor 9.504. Shinichi Nakagawa - Gurevitch*, J., Koricheva*, J., Nakagawa*, S. & Stewart*, G. 2018. Meta-analysis and the science of research synthesis. Nature. 555: 175-182 (* denotes equal contribution, Shinichi is the corresponding author). Impact factor 41.577

2017 William Sherwin - Sherwin WB, Chao A, Jost L, Smouse PE. 2017. Information Theory Broadens the Spectrum of Molecular Ecology and Evolution. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32(12): 948 - 963 - ERA A or A*, 2016 Impact factors: 1-yr 15.268; 5-yr 18.35, ‘Evolutionary Biology’ 1/48, Ecology’ 1/153

2016 Jason Everett - Henschke, N., Everett, J.D., Richardson, A.J. and Suthers, I.M., 2016. Rethinking the Role of Salps in the Ocean. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31(9), pp.720-733. 2015 Impact Factor - 16.735 5 year IF - 19.417

2014 Angela Crean - Crean AJ, Kopps AM & Bonduriansky R (2014) Revisiting telegony: offspring inherit an acquired characteristic of their mother's previous mate. Ecology Letters 17: 1545-1552. ERA A* IF 17.794 ISI Rank 2/141 in Ecology Altmetric Score 302
2013 Mike Garratt -Garratt M, Gaillard JM, Brooks RC, Lemaître JF. Diversification of the eutherian placenta is associated with changes in the pace of life. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 May 7;110(19):7760-5. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1305018110. Epub 2013 Apr 22. Impact factor 9.737
2012 Alistair Poore - Poore, AGB, AH Campbell, RA Coleman, GJ Edgar, V Jormalainen, PL Reynolds, EE Sotka, JJ Stachowicz, RB Taylor, MA Vanderklift and JE Duffy. 2012. Global patterns in the impact of marine herbivores on benthic primary producers. Ecology Letters 15: 912-922. ERA classification: A* Impact factor: 17.557 Ranking within discipline: 1st from 134 journals in Ecology

E&ERC Significant Collaboration Award

2019 Kylie Cairns - Cairns, K.M., Nesbitt, B.J., Laffan, S.W. et al. Geographic hot spots of dingo genetic ancestry in southeastern Australia despite hybridisation with domestic dogs. Conserv Genet 21, 77–90 (2020). 
2018 Hayden Schilling - Schilling HT, Reis-Santos P, Hughes JM, Smith JA, Everett JD, Stewart J, Gillanders BM, Suthers IM (2018) Evaluating estuarine nursery use and life history patterns of Pomatomus saltatrix in eastern Australia. Marine Ecology Progress Series
2017 Mariana Mayer-Pinto - Mayer-Pinto, M; Johnston, EL; Bugnot, A; Glasby, TM; Airoldi, L; Mitchell, A; Dafforn, KA (2017). Building ‘blue’: an eco-engineering framework for foreshore developments. Journal of Environmental Management 189: 109-114.
2016 Krystle Keller - Paper nominated: Keller, K., Steffe, A.S., Lowry, M., Murphy, J.J., and Suthers, I.M. (2016) Monitoring boat-based recreational fishing effort at a nearshore artificial reef with a shore-based camera. Fisheries Research 181, 84–92
2015 Stephanie Brodie - Brodie, S, Hobday AJ, Smith JA, Everett JD, Taylor MD, Gray CA, Suthers IM, Modelling the oceanic habitats of two pelagic species using recreational fisheries data, Fisheries Oceanography, 24:5, 463-477
2012 Melanie Sun - Melanie Sun, Katherine Dafforn, Mark Brown and Emma Johnston - Sun MY, Dafforn KA, Brown MV & Johnston EL (2012) Bacterial communities are sensitive indicators of contaminant stress. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64(5): 1029-1038

E&ERC Supervisor Excellence Award

2019 Mark Browne
2018 Will Cornwell
2017 Jason Everett and Tracey Rogers 
2016 Stephen Bonser
2015 William Sherwin
2014 Russell Bonduriansky - Special Mention to James Smith
2013 Katherine Dafforn and Angela Moles
2012 Rob Brooks
2011 Emma Johnston
2010 Russell Bonduriansky
2009 Peter Banks


PRF - Outstanding Evolution and Ecology Presentation

  • Awarded to an outstanding oral presentation at the BEES Postgraduate Research Forum.
  • The outstanding presentation will be selected by a panel of academics, research fellows and postgraduate students. All students presenting in a given forum will be considered for the prize.

November 2019 Kat Stuart
Joint runners-up: Claudia Crowther and Georgia Badgery 
Twitter Conference Award: Fonti Kar
Special mention: Suz Everingham
BEES 3 Minute Thesis Competition Winner: Fonti Kar
June 2019 Mitchell Hodgson
Special mention: Ifeoma Uguwanyi 

November 2018 Suz Everingham 
Runner-up: Kat Stuart
BEES 3 Minute Thesis Competition Winner: Justin Chan
June 2018 Francesca Luberti
Runner-up: Fonti Kar

November 2017 Justin Chan
Runner-up: Suz Everingham
BEES 3 Minute Thesis Competition Winner: Claire Brandenburger
June 2017 Fonti Kar
Joint runners-up: Francesca Luberti and George Wood
BEES 3 Minute Thesis Competition Winners: Aria Lee and Tino Heimhuber
Runner-Up: Nathan Burke

November 2016 Teagan Gale
Joint runners-up: Rose O'Dea and Robbie Bishop Taylor
June 2016 Hamish Craig

November 2015 Floret Meredith
June 2015 Kobe Martin
Runner-up: Nathan Burke

November 2014 Joshua Griffiths
June 2014 Andrew Letten

November 2013 Suzanna Evans
June 2013 Si-Chong Chen

November 2012 Habacuc Flores Moreno
June 2012 Rhiannon Dalrymple

November 2011 Margo Adler

October 2010 Tegan Vanderlaan and Tiffanie Nelson
June 2010 Mailie Gall

October 2009 Ray Blick
June 2009 Lyndon Alexander Jordan

October 2008 Laura Warman