Below is a message from section secretary Gretchen North announcing
this year's winners.
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It gives me great pleasure to announce the 2005 winners of the
student awards, given for work presented at the annual meeting of the
Ecological Society of America.
The recipient of the W.D. and S.M. Billings Award, given in
recognition of the lifetime contributions of Dwight and Shirley to
physiological ecology, is Laura Scott-Denton, from the University of
Colorado-Boulder. Her presentation, entitled "Spatially-explicit
modeling of soil respiration rate in a high-elevation, subalpine
forest," was co-authored by Russell Monson.
The recipient of the Best Poster Award is Lisa Patrick, from Texas
Tech University. Her poster presentation, entitled "Response of net
ecosystem carbon and water exchange to a large winter precipitation
pulse in a sotol-grassland at Big Bend National Park, Texas" was co-
authored by Traesha Robertson, Natasja van Gestel, and David Tissue.
Due to the overwhelming preponderance of oral presentations in
relation to poster presentations, the judges committee and officers
of the Physiological Ecology Section decided to give two Honorable
Mentions for this year's Billings Award. They are, in alphabetical
Catarina Moura, from Duke University, for her presentation entitled
"Gene expression of loblolly pine exposed to elevated CO2 in the
field," co-authored by Ruth Grene (Virginia Tech) and Robert Jackson.
Rachel Spicer, from Harvard University, for her presentation entitled
"Small scale patterns with large scale implications: the role of
programmed cell death in determinig the sapwood volume of forest
trees," co-authored by N. Michele Holbrook.
Please join me in congratulating these young scientists and their
mentors, and in thanking all the student entrants in this year's
award competition. The caliber of the science and the quality of the
presentations have never been higher.
Gretchen North, Secretary, Physiological Ecology Section
Associate Professor, Biology
Los Angeles, CA 90041