Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award

The Wiley Next Generation Ecologist Award is a funding initiative aimed directly at supporting early-career researchers (ECRs) through a research and professional development grant and Plenary opportunity.

The award recognises excellence in research in Australian ecology and is awarded to an “up-and-coming” early-career researcher. The award comprises:

  • A $3,000 grant which can be applied to a research project or a professional development opportunity.
  • A Plenary address at the Society’s annual conference, including the candidate’s travel, registration and accommodation costs to attend the meeting.

The Plenary should be on the future of ecological research in Australia with an emphasis on the awardee’s area of interest. As well as the prestige associated with a Plenary lecture, this will allow an opportunity for an early-career researcher to give a longer, more comprehensive presentation on their work and perspectives than currently exists in the standard conference format.

Applications will be accepted via this online form.

About the award

Over the last few years, the ESA has identified that ECRs are under-represented in our membership. The Society has always invested significant resources in funding and mentoring student members, but understands that this support needs to continue into the critical postdoctoral career stage. We also recognise that opportunities for ECRs to engage with the Society and the broader ecology network through traditional pathways is currently limited with conference attendance often reduced due to financial or workplace restraints.

In an attempt to redress this, ESA has joined with our publishing partners, Wiley, to present an award from the Society which not only recognises excellence in early-career research but which also provides this sector with a voice at our annual meeting focusing specifically on the future.

Past winners

2019, Caragh Threlfall, The University of Melbourne

Benchmarking the effectiveness of urban habitat restoration via a national research collaboration network. Find out more.

2018, Ayesha Tulloch, The University of Sydney

Iterative ecological forecasting to inform current and near-future management decisions. Find out more.

2017, Dr Martin Westgate, Australian National University

Mainstreaming text mining for rapid synthesis of biodiversity science. Find out more.

2016, Dale Nimmo of Charles Sturt University

Can Indigenous fire regimes forestall an extinction crisis? Find out more.

2015, Daniel Falster,  Macquarie University

Using maths, computer models, and large data sets to test fundamental ideas about the processes shaping forest communities. Find out more.