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Past Award Winners



Tia Harrison

University of Toronto

Variation in mutualism: across invaded ranges, latitude, and genomes

Ariel Greiner

University of Toronto

Consequences of Multiple Stability and Connectivity in Coral Reef Ecosystems

Mason Stothart

University of Calgary

Selection and transmission of the feral hindgut fermenter microbiome

James Santangelo

University of Toronto

Global urban environmental change drives adaptation in white clover

Allison Binley

Carleton University



Chloé Schmidt

University of Manitoba

Linking population processes to biodiversity patterns

Peter Soroye

University of Ottawa

Climate change and land-use effects on bumblebees

Francisco Henao Diaz

University of British Columbia

Reconstructing the historical dynamics of lineage diversification, macroevolutionary features and scaling

Amber Gigi Hoi

University of Toronto

The place of vectors in vector-borne disease ecology and evolution

Mike LaForge

Memorial University

Migration, parturition, and forage selection in a changing world


Anne McLeod

Memorial University

Food webs: a case for space

Sarah Amundrud

University of British Columbia

Drivers of species distributions and ecological communities

Ken Thompson

University of British Columbia

Patterns, predictors, and consequences of dominance in hybrids

Quinn Webber

Memorial University

Social behaviour in a spatial context: from individuals in groups to populations

Ruth Rivkin

University of Toronto

Effect of urbanization on species interactions


Celina Baines

University of Toronto - Mississauga

Ecological determinants of social patterns

Kaylee Byers

University of British Columbia

Movement ecology of disease vectors

Angela Fuentes-Pardo

Dalhousie University

Conservation and evolutionary genetics

Melissa Guzman

University of British Columbia

Ecology and persistence of food webs

Julia Kreinern

University of Toronto - St George

Genomics of adaptation to herbicides and agriculture


Carly Ziter

University of Wisconsin

Effects of landscape structure, historical land-use, and biodiversity on urban ecosystem services

Julia Kilgour

University of Guelph

The role of group composition and resource availability on selection for aggression

Danielle Claar

University of Victoria

Reslience and change: coral symbioses under stress

Rebekah Oomen

Dalhousie University

The spatial scale and molecular basis of variation in thermal response of Atlantic cod


Tess Grainger

University of Toronto

Multi-scale responses to warming in an experimental metacommunity

Tiago Simões

University of Alberta

Reptile phylogeny and the origin and early radiation of lepidosaurs

Norah Brown

University of British Columbia

Altered competition under ocean acidification influences species but not community-level response to food supply

Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe

Université du Québec à Montréal

Leaf bacterial diversity mediates plant diversity-ecosystem function relationships

Evelyn Jensen

University of British Columbia Okanagan

Looking through the bottleneck: Genomic analysis of historical and contemporary population genetic variation in the Pinzon Island Galapagos tortoise


Stilianos Louca

University of British Columbia

The ecology of microbial metabolic pathways

Diana Rennison

University of British Columbia

Survival in a cutthroat world: Estimating natural selection on armor phenotypes and genotypes in threespine stickleback

Rachel Germain

University of Toronto

The spatial structure of metacommunities: a multiscale decoupling of distance and environment

Kyle Artelle

Simon Fraser University

Ecology of Conflict: Bear-human conflict in British Columbia, and the role of science in wildlife management

Krista Oke

McGill University

(Non) Parallel evolution in fishes: investigating potential drivers of non-parallelism in stickleback and salmon



** Joey Bernhardt**

University of Guelph

Predicting biological responses to environmental change at multiple scales

** Laura Melissa Guzman**

University of Southern California

Development of metacommunity theory & trophic food webs


** Tess Grainger**


** Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe**

Université de Sherbrooke

Challenges of microbial ecology


** Diana Rennison**

University of California San Diego

Uncovering the genetic and ecological underpinnings of parallel adaptation Link to award talk: https://youtu.be/iw7b1ygux2g

** Kiyoko Gotanda**

University of Cambridge

Humans influence on adaptation on the Galapagos islands Link to award talk: https://youtu.be/gnIoLX2SwgA


** Anna Hargreaves**

McGill University

Local adaptation, biotic interactions, and species’ range limits

** Stilianos Louca**

University of Oregon

Microbial ecology and evolution, a field’s coming of age


** Patrick Thompson**

University of British Columbia

Dispersal and the maintenance of biodiversity, ecosystem function, and food web structure in a changing world

** Stephen De Lisle**

Lund University

Origins of diversity in sexual organisms


Emily Darling

University of Toronto, Canada and Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

Integrating climate risk and refuge into data-driven portfolios of protected areas

Sean Anderson

University of Washington

Data-driven approaches to quantifying population status and extremes


Njal Rollinson

University of Toronto

Maternal effects and the evolution of body size

Isla Myers-Smith

University of Edinburgh

Data-driven approaches to quantifying population status and extremes





** Lenore Fahrig**

Carleton University

Are weak dispersers more vulnerable than strong dispersers to land use intensification? Proc. R. Soc. B. 290: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2022.0909


** Marie-Josée Fortin**

University of Toronto

Network ecology in dynamic landscapes Proc. R. Soc. B. 288: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.1889


** Sarah Otto**

University of British Columbia

Adaptation, speciation and extinction in the Anthropocene Proc. R. Soc. B.285: 20182047 http://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.2047


** Graham Bell**

McGill University

Experimental macroevolution. Proc. R. Soc. B 283: 20152547. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.2547


** Pierre Legendre**

Université de Montréal

Statistical methods for temporal and space–time analysis of community composition data. Proc. R. Soc. B 281:20132728., http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.2728


** David W. Schindler**

University of Alberta

The dilemma of controlling cultural eutrophication of lakes. Proc. R. Soc. B. 2012 279 1746 4322-4333, doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1032


Charles J. Krebs

University of British Columbia

Of lemmings and snowshoe hares: the ecology of northern Canada. Proc. R. Soc. B. 2010 278:481-489, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1992



John Reynolds


Community Science and Species at Risk


Justina Ray

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

Galvanizing transformative change to address the Biodiversity Crisis: The Essential Role of Scientists



Jalina Bielaska Da Silva

Award: First place oral presentation

Genetic mechanisms of aggressive sperm-mediated gametic isolation in Caenorhabditis nematodes

Quentin Kerr

Award: Second place oral presentation

Temporal stability of genomic differentiation between seasonal spawning components in Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus)

Frances Stewart

Award: Third place oral presentation

Protected area networks are only as valuable as the working landscapes they conserve

Samuel Deakin

Award: First place poster presentation

Spatial genetic population structure of Alberta’s bighorn sheep

Katie Birchard

Award: Second place poster presentation

Circadian gene variation with latitude and breeding season in allochronic populations of two pelagic seabird species complexes

Jamie Bain

Award: Third place poster presentation

The effects of agricultural intensity on stream metabolism


Sean Goodwin

Simon Fraser University
Award: Student presentation award

Reduced growth in wild juvenile sockeye salmon infected with sea lice

Shannon Meadley Dunphy

University of Toronto
Award: Student presentation award

Population genetics and invasion history of the invasive European fire ant, Myrmica rubra, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kathryn Andersony

University of British Columbia
Award: Student presentation award

Calcified herbivore loss may disproportionately drive responses to ocean acidification in natural communities

Samuel Starko

University of British Columbia
Award: Best poster award

Allometric scaling in kelps: Size-dependent patterns, covariation, and the importance of habitat

Joseph Burant

University of Guelph
Award: Best poster award

Exploratory behaviour in red knots: A tale of ontogeny


Rebecca Batstone

University of Toronto
Award: Oral presentation (tied first place)

Root foraging and mutualism-stabilizing traits in the model legume Medicago truncatula

Kira Hoffman

University of Victoria
Award: Oral presentation (tied first place)

A human-driven and climate-influenced fire regime over the past seven centuries in a coastal temperate rainforest, British Columbia, Canada

Ruth Rivkin

University of Toronto Mississauga
Award: Oral presentation (tied first place)

The role of sexual system and latitude on insect herbivory rates in Sagittaria latifolia (Alismataceae)

Hayley Alloway

Memorial University
Award: Poster presentation First Place

Physiological evidence for alternative reproductive strategies in men

Jesse Hoage

Laurentian University
Award: Poster presentation Second Place

Developing a metabarcoding strategy for soil mesofaunal communities to monitor the ecological impacts of intensified biomass harvesting in forestry


Patrick Thompson

Award: Talk 1st prize

Anatomy of the collapse and onset of recovery in the North Atlantic groundfish community

Matthew Osmonde

Award: Talk 2nd prize

Crossing fitness-valleys without the help of Mendel: extending theory

Mallory Van Wyngaarden

Memorial University
Award: Talk 3rd prize - tie

Population connectivity and environmental drivers of adaptation in the sea scallop, Placopecten magellanicus

Carly Graham

University of Regina
Award: Talk 3rd prize - tie

How degraded is too degraded? The effects of DNA quality on RADSeq in molecular ecology

Zoryana Shibel

University of New Brunswick
Award: Poster 1st prize

Synergistic and additive effects of water stress and clipping on S. altissima and S.gigantea

Marion Sinclair-Waters

Dalhousie University
Award: Poster 2nd prize

Genomic tools for the management of a marine protected area in coastal Labrador: the Gilbert Bay Atlantic Cod MPA


Anna Hargreaves

Queen’s University
Award: Talk 1st prize (tie) ($500)

What range-edge population dynamics reveal about current and future range limits

Sarah Neima

Mount Allison University
Award: Talk 1st prize ($500)

Radiotelemetry of migrating Semipalmated Sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) reveals new information on movement patterns, duration of stay and habitat use in the upper Bay of Fundy

Gina Conte

University of British Columbia
Award: Talk 2nd prize ($300)

How predictable are the genetics of adaptation?

Brock Harpur

York University
Award: Talk 3rd prize ($200)

Recognizing the signs of balancing selection in the honey bee genome

Josée-Anne Otis

Trent University
Award: Poster 1st prize (tie) ($500)

Ecological niche differentiation along the genetic gradient by hybridization of eastern wolf and coyote in Northeastern America

Sarah Loboda

McGill University
Award: Poster 2nd prize ($300)

Ecological and evolutionary responses of arctic flies to recent climate change at Zackenberg, Greenland

Gareth Hopkins

Utah State University
Award: Poster 3rd prize ($200)

Tidal newts: evolution in a stressful environment


Dan Bock

University of British Columbia
Award: Poster Presentation 1st place

The Jerusalem artichoke – neither from Jerusalem nor an artichoke

Caroline Franklin

St. Mary’s University
Award: Poster Presentation 2nd place

Effects of moose browsing on vegetation patterns at spruce budworm-induced forest edges

Jillian Dunic

University of Victoria
Award: Poster Presentation 3rd place

Size matters? Gape size-body size relationships in coral reef fish communities

Robert Serrouya

University of Alberta
Award: Oral Presentation 1st place

Reversing apparent competition using a broad-scale manipulation

Barbara Frei

McGill University
Award: Oral Presentation 2nd place

The early bird gets the competition: Invasive species lowers breeding success of a threatened woodpecker

Holly Caravan

Memorial University
Award: Oral Presentation 3rd place

Social insect soldiers double up as medics


Nathaniel Sharp

University of Toronto

Sexual selection can reduce mutation load in Drosophila melanogaster

Njal Rollinson

Dalhousie University

A key component of the physical environment drives the evolution of maternal reproductive strategies in Atlantic salmon

Aleeza Gerstein

University of British Columbia

Evolve or die: A characterization of adaptive mutations in yeast

Alexandre Martin

Université de Sherbrooke

Age-Dependent Effect of Testosterone on Social Rank in Bighorn Rams (Ovis canadensis)

Katherine Ostevik

University of British Columbia

Speciation, Sunflowers and Sand Dunes: Reproductive barriers between dune and non-dune ecotypes of Helianthus petiolaris

Anna Simonsen

University of Toronto

Evidence for ecological benefits of cheating symbiotic soil microbes in the face of insect herbivory

Ann McKellar

Queen’s University

Form, function, and consequences of density-dependence in a migratory bird

Emily Austen

University of Toronto

Flowering early or flowering big: which matters more for male and female fitness?