Virtual Issue: BES Early Career Researcher Awards - winners and highly commended papers 2016

Each year the BES awards a prize for the best paper, in each of its journals, by an author at the start of their research career. This Virtual Issue brings together the winning and highly commended papers selected by the editors from journal issues published in 2016.

Winner of the Robert May Prize: Gabriella R. M. Leighton
Just Google it: assessing the use of Google Images to describe geographical variation in visible traits of organisms
Gabriella R. M. Leighton, Pierre S. Hugo, Alexandre Roulin, Arjun Amar
Read the blog post about this article: Googling for Ecological Answers: Using the Morphic Web Application

Highly commended papers:
piecewiseSEM: Piecewise structural equation modelling in r for ecology, evolution, and systematics
Jonathan S. Lefcheck
Read the blog post about this article: piecewiseSEM: Exploring Nature’s Complexity through Statistics

Linking demography with drivers: climate and competition
Brittany J. Teller, Peter B. Adler, Collin B. Edwards, Giles Hooker, Stephen P. Ellner
Read the blog post about this article: Demography and Big Data

Winner of the Harper Prize: Martina Treurnicht
Environmental drivers of demographic variation across the global geographical range of 26 plant species
Martina Treurnicht, Jörn Pagel, Karen J. Esler, AnneLise Schutte-Vlok, Henning Nottebrock, Tineke Kraaij, Anthony G. Rebelo, Frank M. Schurr

Highly commended papers:
Ecological legacies of civil war: 35-year increase in savanna tree cover following wholesale large-mammal declines
Joshua Daskin, Marc Stalmans, Robert M. Pringle

Root traits are multidimensional: specific root length is independent from root tissue density and the plant economic spectrum
Kris Kramer-Walter, Peter J. Bellingham, Timothy R. Millar, Rob D. Smissen, Sarah J. Richardson, Daniel C. Laughlin

Winner of the Haldane Prize: Pedro J. Bergamo
Flower colour and visitation rates of Costus arabicus support the ‘bee avoidance’ hypothesis for red-reflecting hummingbird-pollinated flowers
Pedro J. Bergamo, André R. Rech, Vinícius L. G. Brito, Marlies Sazima

Highly commended papers:
Faunal community consequence of interspecific bark trait dissimilarity in early-stage decomposing logs
Juan Zuo, Matty P. Berg, Roy Klein, Jasper Nusselder, Gert Neurink, Orsi Decker, Mariet M. Hefting, Ute Sass-Klaassen, Richard S. P. van Logtestijn, Leo Goudzwaard, Jurgen van Hal, Frank J. Sterck, Lourens Poorter, Johannes H. C. Cornelissen

Nutrient supply alters goldenrod's induced response to herbivory
Karin T. Burghardt

Winner of the Elton Prize: Rob Salguero-Gómez
COMADRE: a global data base of animal demography
Roberto Salguero-Gómez, Owen R. Jones, C. Ruth Archer, Christoph Bein, Hendrik de Buhr, Claudia Farack, Fränce Gottschalk, Alexander Hartmann, Anne Henning, Gabriel Hoppe, Gesa Römer, Tara Ruoff, Veronika Sommer, Julia Wille, Jakob Voigt, Stefan Zeh, Dirk Vieregg, Yvonne M. Buckley, Judy Che-Castaldo, David Hodgson, Alexander Scheuerlein, Hal Caswell, James W. Vaupel

Highly commended papers:
Evidence of the phenotypic expression of a lethal recessive allele under inbreeding in a wild population of conservation concern
Amanda E. Trask, Eric M. Bignal, Davy I. McCracken, Pat Monaghan, Stuart B. Piertney and Jane M. Reid

Piscivorous fish exhibit temperature-influenced binge feeding during an annual prey pulse 
Nathan B. Furey, Scott G. Hinch, Matthew G. Mesa and David A. Beauchamp 

Winner of the Southwood Prize: Michael Becker
Sixty-year legacy of human impacts on a high Arctic ecosystem
Michael S. Becker, Wayne H. Pollard

Highly commended papers:
Creating fen initiation conditions: a new approach for peatland reclamation in the oil sands region of Alberta
Andrea Borkenhagen, David J. Cooper

Is it worthwhile scaring geese to alleviate damage to crops? – An experimental study
Caroline Ernberg Simonsen, Jesper Madsen, Ingunn M. Tombre, Jacob Nabe-Nielsen

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