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Awards & prizes

Past Recipients of the Gold Medal of the Ecological Society of Australia

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
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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

School of Biological  Sciences, Monash University.  

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

A/Prof Jill Landsberg

2005

School of Tropical Biology, James Cook University 

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

A/Prof Paul Adam 

2004

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

2003

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

2001

School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University

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

Dr Brian Walker

1999

Chief, Division of Wildlife & Ecology

Ecology of tropical savannahs and rangelands

Prof. Marilyn Fox

1997

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

Plant biogeography

Dr Mike Austin

1995

Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology

theory, analysis and survey of vegetation patterns

Prof. Henry Nix

1994

Director, CRES, Australian National University

BIOCLIM, eco-physiological modelling

Prof. Ralph Slatyer

1993

Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University

Australia's first Chief Scientist, eco-physiology

Dr David Ashton

1990

Department of Botany, Melbourne University

Mountain ash ecology

Prof. Charles Birch

1988

School of Biological Science, University of Sydney

distribution and abundance of insect- populations

Prof. Bert Main

1988

Department of Zoology, University of Western Australia

Marsupial eco-physiology

Prof. HG Andrewartha

1987

Department of Zoology, University of Adelaide

distribution and abundance of animals

Prof. Jiro Kikawa

1986

Department of Zoology, University of Queensland

tropical bird ecology, population dynamics

Prof. Noel Beadle

1985

Department of Botany, University of New England

vegetation pattern, Australian vegetation

Prof. Derek Anderson

1985

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney Foundation

saltbush ecology

Dr Len Webb

1983

Formerly CSIRO; Department of Environmental Sciences, Griffith University

Australian rainforest, phytogeography