Congratulations to Ben Weinstein on winning the inaugural Sidnie Manton Award

Today we are pleased to announce that to Ben Weinstein has won the inaugural Sidnie Manton Award for his paper ‘a computer vision for animal ecology’. Ben is a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University interested in community ecology, Bayesian modelling and data science.

Ben’s paper was selected as a winner from a shortlist of six excellent papers. All the shortlisted papers were excellent, topical examples of top-quality Reviews and Syntheses, but we’d also like to give the accolade of “highly commended” to the Synthesis by Jenni McDonald, Andy Robertson and Mathew Silk on “Wildlife disease ecology from the individual to the population: Insights from a long‐term study of a naturally infected European badger population“.

You can find out more about Ben’s paper and why we named the award after Sidnie Manton “the high priestess of the arthropods” in the Editorial in the current issue and in a special edition of the Field Reports podcast series.

Field Reports: Sidnie Manton Award – Ben Weinstein and Andrew Robertson (ft. Nathan Sanders)

For this special episode of Field Reports, Ravi interviewed the winner and the Highly Commended Early Career Researchers, Ben Weinstein and Andrew Roberston along with Senior Editor Nate Sanders. They talk about their research and the award-winning papers.


You can listen to the future episodes of the podcast on iTunes, or by searching ‘British Ecological Society Journals’ (and then look for ‘FieldReports’ playlist) on your favorite podcast hosting app. Field Reports is hosted on the British Ecological Society’s Soundcloud account.



Ben Weinstein:

Jenni McDonald:

Andrew Robertson:


Music: Nihilore_Artifice (Freemusicarchive), Sound effects:, Additional footage:, Profile pictures taken from the guests’ websites.

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