Each year, SCBO awards prizes for the best student publication and conference presentation.
In 2021 we introduce a new Science for Impact award.
SCBO Science for Impact award
This award will recognise commitment made by a student to go above and beyond the academic requirements of their degree, to have an impact on conservation practice, policy, or education. The Science for Impact award prize is AUD$500.
Possible examples of impact include (but are not limited to):
- Direct partnership with, or communication of research findings to, conservation practitioners, which influenced their management strategies or day-to-day actions.
- Authorship of policy briefs, or other evidence of a commitment to science promotion within the policy sphere
- Significant public outreach or science communication efforts, e.g. involvement in community science events, media work, development of materials for schools.
Applications are now open. The closing date for nominations is 10th May 2021.
Student publication award
To be considered for the student paper award, papers must be first-authored by a student member of the SCB Oceania Section. Each member may only submit one publication to be considered for the award. Papers will be judged by the Board on their scientific merit, clarity, innovativeness, and relevance to conservation and management. The winner(s) will be awarded SCB membership or registration to an upcoming SCB conference.
Applications are now open. The closing date for nominations is 10th May 2021. To be considered for the student paper award, e-mail a pdf of your paper and proof of your student status (e.g. a photo / scan of your student ID) to email@example.com. To be eligible, papers must be first-authored by a student member of SCB Oceania, with a publication date between April 2020 and April 2021.
Student presentation award
Our student presentation prize is awarded to the best presentation (talk, speed talk or poster) by an SCBO student member at our conference. In the years between our conferences, we may award a student prize for presentations given at the International Congress for Conservation Biology, or other conferences widely attended by our membership. The student presentation award will not be awarded in 2021.
Students who are currently enrolled for a graduate degree, or who have graduated in the last 12 months are eligible. Students must be current members of SCB Oceania. Awards will be assessed by members of the SCBO Board of Directors, who reserve the right not to distribute all awards in each round or each year.
SCBO is committed to celebrating and supporting diversity. To achieve this, we welcome award nominations from from all locations within Oceania, all backgrounds and genders. We encourage more nominations from women and Pacific Islanders for all awards.
Previous student award recipients
- Best student publication: Levi Collier-Robinson, for his paper Embedding indigenous principles in genomic research of culturally significant species: a conservation genomics case study published in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology.
- Best student presentation: Sofia López-Cubillos for her presentation Crop expansion or active restoration? Using pollination services for economic development and habitat conservation presented at ICCB 2019
- CSIRO Best student presentation: Calvin Lee for his presentation Using detection probability to improve time-series analyses of remote sensing data presented at ICCB 2019
- Best student publication: Stephanie Galla and Natalie Forsdick for their co-authored publication Reference Genomes from Distantly Related Species Can Be Used for Discovery of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms to Inform Conservation Management published in Genes.
- Best student presentation: Grace Nugi, for her talk More dead than alive: vulturine parrot use in Kerowagi, Papua New Guinea presented at SCBO Wellington 2018
- Best student presentation: Lauren Tworkowski, for her poster Anthropogenic climate change: are little penguins feeling the heat? presented at the Victorian Biodiversity Conference.
- Best student publication: Lily Van Eeden, for her paper Managing conflict between large carnivores and livestock published in Conservation Biology
- Best student presentation: Stephanie Galla, for her talk Estimating relatedness in captive breeding for translocation programmes to enhance species recovery, presented at ICCB 2017 in Cartagena.
- Best student presentation: Mark Hall, for his poster Landscape diversity of birds is enhanced by retaining key natural components in rural environments, presented at ICCB 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia.
- Best student publication: Jessica Rowland for her paper, Comparing the thermal suitability of nest-boxes and tree-hollows for the conservation-management of arboreal marsupials published in Biological Conservation.
- Best student presentation: Jasmine Lee, for her talk Islands in the ice: Climate change and ecological connectivity among Antarctica’s ice-free areas, presented at SCBO Brisbane 2016
- Best student publication: Rebecca Runting, for her paper Alternative futures for Borneo show the value of integrating economic and conservation targets across borders published in Nature Communications.
- Best student presentation: Tim Doherty, for his poster Divergent responses of birds, mammals and reptiles to landscape-scale wildfire, presented at ICCB-ECCB 2015 in Montpellier.
- Best student publication: Jessica Walsh, for her paper The effect of scientific evidence on conservation practitioners’ management decisions published in Conservation Biology.
- Best student presentation: John Lamaris, for his talk Tambu: a Melanesian model for the sustainability of the Admiralty cuscus (Spilocuscus kraemeri)? at SCBO Fiji 2014.
- Best student publication: Rebecca Jarvis for her paper Citizen science and the power of public participation in marine spatial planning published in Marine Policy.