The ESA awards a Gold Medal in recognition of an ESA member who has made a substantial contribution to the study of ecology in Australia over the course of their career. The Medal can also be awarded to ESA members who have made a significant contribution to the operations of the Society.
The medal is not necessarily awarded each year but when a recipient worthy of the reward is identified. The Gold Medal is awarded at the discretion of the President.
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2019 – Jann Williams, The University of Western Australia (adjunct)
Significant contributions to environmental management & sustainability, plus over 20 years service to ESA including founding the Environmental Management & Restoration journal in 2000.
2018 – Chris Dickman, The University of Sydney
2017 – Steve Morton, CSIRO
2016 – Bill Holsworth, Retired
2013-2015 Not awarded
2012 – Dr Michael Keough, University of Melbourne
2011 – Dr Malcolm Gill, Australian National University
Significant contribution to ecology in Australia through his pivotal role in developing the field of contemporary fire ecology.
2010 – Prof Richard Hobbs, University 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.
2009 – Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick, 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.
2008 – Prof David Goodall, Edith Cowan University
Plant and vegetation Ecology; seminal work in the development of techniques for multivariate of ecological communities.
2007 – 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
2006 – Prof Sam Lake, Monash University.
Stream ecology; conservation and management of water bodies; environmental education & research training
2005 – A/Prof Jill Landsberg, James Cook University
Conservation of biodiversity in primary production landscapes; conservation of threatened species
2004 – A/Prof Paul Adam, 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.
2003 – Prof Mark Westoby, Macquarie University
Plant ecological strategies, vegetation dynamics and community organization. These three fields are complementary and lie at the heart of ecology and evolution.
2001 – Prof. Mike Bull, Flinders University
Behavioural ecology of lizards, ecological interactions of parasites and hosts, parapatric distributions.
1999 – Dr Brian Walker, Chief, Division of Wildlife & Ecology
Ecology of tropical savannahs and rangelands
1997 – Prof. Marilyn Fox, University of New South Wales
1995 – Dr Mike Austin, CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology
Theory, analysis and survey of vegetation patterns
1994 – Prof. Henry Nix, Australian National University
BIOCLIM, eco-physiological modelling
1993 – Prof. Ralph Slatyer, Australian National University
Australia’s first Chief Scientist, eco-physiology
1990 – Dr David Ashton, Melbourne University
Mountain ash ecology
1988 – Prof. Charles Birch, University of Sydney
Distribution and abundance of insect- populations
1988 – Prof. Bert Main, University of Western Australia
1987 – Prof. HG Andrewartha, University of Adelaide
Distribution and abundance of animals
1986 – Prof. Jiro Kikawa, University of Queensland
Tropical bird ecology, population dynamics
1985 – Prof. Noel Beadle, University of New England
Vegetation pattern, Australian vegetation
1985 – Prof. Derek Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney Foundation
1983 – Dr Len Webb, Formerly CSIRO; Department of Environmental Sciences, Griffith University
Australian rainforest, phytogeography