Awards & prizes

ESA Gold Medal Past Recipients

The ESA awards a Gold Medal in recognition of an ecologist who has made a substantial contribution to the study of ecology in Australia. The Medal can also be awarded to ESA members who have made a significant contribution to the operations of the Society. Previous recipients are:

Recipients Year Institution Field
Jann Williams 2019 The University of Western Australia (adjunct) Significant contibutions to environmental management & sustainability, plus over 20 years service to ESA including founding the Environmental Management & Restoration journal in 2000. 
Chris Dickman 2018 The University of Sydney Non liner-ecology

Steve Morton

2017 CSIRO


Bill Holsworth 2016 Retired  


2013-2015 Not awarded


Dr Michael Keough 2012 University of Melbourne marine ecology

Dr Malcolm Gill

2011 Australian National University

significant contribution to ecology in Australia through his pivotal role in developing the field of contemporary fire ecology.

Prof Richard Hobbs


Uiversity of Western Australia

significant contribution to ecology in Australia, through his research in both theoretical and applied aspects of restoration ecology, and his role in improving communications amongst scientists and with practitioners in ecosystem management.

 Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick


Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania

significant contribution to ecology and conservation, through his research into vegetation and the application of ecological principles to its conservation, and his contribution as an educator, advocate and promoter of ecological science in Australia.

Prof David Goodall


Centre for Ecosystem Management , Edith Cowan University

plant and vegetation Ecology; seminal work in the development of techniques for multivariate  of ecological communities.

Prof Tony Underwood


University of Sydney and Cirector, Centre for Research on Ecological Impact of Coastal Cities.

marine ecology; pioneering work in field-based ecological experiments and data analyses

Prof Sam Lake


School of Biological  Sciences, Monash University.  

Stream ecology; conservation and management of water bodies; environmental education & research training

A/Prof Jill Landsberg


School of Tropical Biology, James Cook University 

Conservation of biodiversity in primary production landscapes; conservation of threatened species

A/Prof Paul Adam 


Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales

Ecology of coastal plant communities - particularly saltmarshes. Ecology and biogeography of Australian rainforests with a special interest in pollination ecology. Ecology and biogeography of Australian rainforests with a special interest in pollination ecology.

Prof Mark Westoby


Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University

Plant ecological strategies, vegetation dynamics and community organization. These three fields are complementary and lie at the heart of ecology and evolution.

Prof. Mike Bull


School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University

Behavioural ecology of lizards, ecological interactions of parasites and hosts, parapatric distributions.

Dr Brian Walker


Chief, Division of Wildlife & Ecology

Ecology of tropical savannahs and rangelands

Prof. Marilyn Fox


Professor of Geography, Head of Department, Geography, University of New South Wales

Plant biogeography

Dr Mike Austin


Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology

theory, analysis and survey of vegetation patterns

Prof. Henry Nix


Director, CRES, Australian National University

BIOCLIM, eco-physiological modelling

Prof. Ralph Slatyer


Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University

Australia's first Chief Scientist, eco-physiology

Dr David Ashton


Department of Botany, Melbourne University

Mountain ash ecology

Prof. Charles Birch


School of Biological Science, University of Sydney

distribution and abundance of insect- populations

Prof. Bert Main


Department of Zoology, University of Western Australia

Marsupial eco-physiology

Prof. HG Andrewartha


Department of Zoology, University of Adelaide

distribution and abundance of animals

Prof. Jiro Kikawa


Department of Zoology, University of Queensland

tropical bird ecology, population dynamics

Prof. Noel Beadle


Department of Botany, University of New England

vegetation pattern, Australian vegetation

Prof. Derek Anderson


Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney Foundation

saltbush ecology

Dr Len Webb


Formerly CSIRO; Department of Environmental Sciences, Griffith University

Australian rainforest, phytogeography