Elton Prize Early Career Researcher Shortlist Announced

The Elton Prize is awarded each year for the best paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology written by an early career author at the start of their research career.

The overall winner is selected by the Senior Editors of the journal, and will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch this space! This year’s shortlisted candidates are announced below.

The shortlisted candidates are:

Santiago Agustín Parra, Interaction fidelity is less common than expected in plant-pollinator communities

Dylan Jones, Latitudinal gradient in species diversity provides high niche opportunities for a range-expanding phytophagous insect – Why not check out Dylan’s blog post?

Paulina Arancibia, Network topology and patch connectivity affect dynamics in experimental and model metapopulations – Why not check out Paulina’s blog post about her research.

Ana Payo-Payo, Modelling the responses of partially-migratory metapopulations to changing seasonal migration rates: from theory to data. 

Robert Semmler, Reef fishes weaken dietary preferences after coral mortality, altering resource overlap

Vinícius Caldart, Function of a multimodal signal: a multiple hypothesis test using a robot frog

Pablo Antiqueira Warming and top predator loss drive direct and indirect effects on multiple trophic groups within and across ecosystems

Mélanie Thierry Multiple parasitoid species enhance top-down control, but parasitoid performance is context dependent – why not check out Mélanie’s blog post about her research.

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted candidates! We have received a high volume of excellent applications – those selected above should be extremely proud of their work! Thank you to all authors who submitted an application for the award.

Shortlist Announced for Elton Prize Early Career Researcher Award

Each year Journal of Animal Ecology awards the Elton Prize to the best Research Article in the journal by an early career researcher. Today we present the shortlisted papers for this year’s award, based on the 2021 (90th) volume of the journal.
The winner will be selected in the coming weeks so follow the blog and watch this space for future announcements!
This year’s shortlisted candidates are:

Cristina Botías, Multiple stressors interact to impair the performance of bumblebee Bombus terrestris colonies

Ellen Brandell, Group density, disease, and season shape territory size and overlap of social carnivores

Joseph Burant, Early warning indicators of population collapse in a seasonal environment

Félicie Dhellemmes, Personality-driven life history trade-offs differ in two subpopulations of free-ranging predators

Phoebe Edwards, A mechanism for population self-regulation: Social density suppresses GnRH expression and reduces reproductivity in voles

Emily Le Sage, Preparatory immunity: Seasonality of mucosal skin defences and Batrachochytrium infections in Southern leopard frogs

Tamika Lunn, Spatial dynamics of pathogen transmission in communally roosting species: Impacts of changing habitats on bat-virus dynamics

Kate Pereira Maia, Interaction generalisation and demographic feedbacks drive the resilience of plant–insect networks to extinctions

Allison M. Roth, Sexual selection and personality: Individual and group-level effects on mating behaviour in red junglefowl