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Awards & prizes

2015 Winner of the Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award

Congratulations to Daniel Falster, ARC Australian Post-doctoral Fellow, Macquarie University, and ESA’s inaugural winner of the Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award. 2015 winner of the Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award

The Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award is a new funding initiative aimed directly at supporting Early Career Researchers through a research and professional development grant and Plenary opportunity. The award recognises excellence in research in Australian ecology and Daniel was selected from a strong field of applicants for his innovative work on plant adaptations.

Daniel will receive a $3000 grant which he will use to travel to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, and present a plenary in STRI’s Tupper seminar series, and will give a Plenary address at the Society’s annual conference in Adelaide.

He outlines his work and his proposed Plenary below:

My research uses a combination of maths, computer models, and large data sets to test fundamental ideas about the processes shaping forest communities. Walk into any forest and you may find anything from tens to hundreds of plants species -- how do they all survive in a competitive context? Using mechanistic models, we can now demonstrate how fundamental trade-offs in plant function promote diversity. My talk at the ESA will give an overview of some key trade-offs with potential to maintain diversity in forests. I am delighted and humbled to receive the ESA's Next Generation Ecologist Award. Currently I am an ARC-funded post-doctoral fellow at Macquarie University, where I also completed a PhD in 2010. While I started working as a field ecologist, I increasingly moved towards theoretical research. I am now enjoying reconnecting with field-research as I seek to connect theory with the large-scale trait and demographic databases that are being assembled. I am passionate about science, open data, reproducible research, and helping biologists to use math and code in their research.

ESA would like to gratefully acknowledge our publishing partners Wiley for their support of early career researchers in funding this award.