Murray F. Buell Award
The Murray F. Buell Award is given annually for the most outstanding paper presented by a student at the previous Annual Meeting. Melinda Smith received the award for her presentation, "Loss of subordinate species affects productivity of C4-dominated grassland." Currently at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Smith completed her doctorate at Kansas State University.
E. Lucy Braun Award
The Lucy E. Braun Award is given annually for the most outstanding poster presented by a student at the previous Annual Meeting. This year's award is presented to Antonio Golubski for his impressive poster presentation, "Multiple partners: possible impacts on mycorrhizal community dynamics and diversity." Golubski is completing his doctorate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
W. S. Cooper Award
Pitman, Terborgh, Silman, Nunez, Neill, Cern, Palacios, Aulestia
Given annually, the W. S. Cooper Award honors an outstanding contribution to the fields of geobotany and/or physiographic ecology. This year the Cooper award is presented to N.C.A. Pitman, J.W. Terborgh, M. R. Silman, P.V. Nunez, D. A. Neill, C.E. Cern, W.E Palacios, and M. Aulestia for their paper, "Dominance and distribution of tree species in upper Amazonian terra firme forests." Investigating the trees in the Amazonian forests, the group showed how trees in rainforests are not individually dominant, as some researchers first suggested, but live in an oligarchy, where a few trees dominate in clumps. These researchers further proved that the tree clumps occur in specific soil types. Their research provides insight into the co-evolution o
Contact: Annie Drinkard
Ecological Society of America