The Alfred Russel Wallace Award was established by the International Biogeography Society (IBS) in 2004 to recognize a lifetime of outstanding contributions by an eminent scholar in any subdiscipline of biogeography. Previous recipients have included Drs. Jack Briggs, Jared Diamond, John Avise and Bob Ricklefs.
Preliminary nominations consist of a letter endorsing the candidate with an abbreviated copy of their curriculum vitae. The committee reviews these materials and solicits complete nomination packets (consisting of the letter of nomination, a complete CV, and three or more letters of recommendation) for selected individuals. The selected recipient will be invited to address the society at its next biennial meeting.
Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Awards Committee in response to a call released between 01 January and 01 March each even-numbered year for the upcoming biennial meeting (convened in January of odd-numbered years). Current members of the IBS Board are not eligible for nomination.
MacArthur & Wilson Award
Named after R. H. MacArthur and E. O. Wilson, this award honors their seminal contributions to biogeography. The award recognizes an individual for a notable, innovative contribution to biogeography. It is targeted at comparatively early career investigators and has a guideline that recipients should have completed their PhD no more than 12 years before the deadline for nominations. The committee has some flexibility in regard to this criterion, to take account of differing life and career paths. A pair of collaborators might be considered providing both are eligible by this criterion.
The recipient should be prepared to offer a paper at the biennial meeting of the IBS and will be invited to publish a short article on their work in Frontiers of Biogeography. In return, their attendance at the meeting will be underwritten by the IBS.
Nominations consist of a supporting cover letter of no more than 800 words, co-signed by two members of the IBS, plus a short cv of the nominee, plus pdfs of four key papers published by the nominee, at least two of which should have been published within the last three years. Current members of the IBS Board are not eligible for nomination.
Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the MacArthur & Wilson Award SubCommittee (pdf’s are preferred) in response to a call released between 01 January and 01 March each even-numbered year for the upcoming biennial meeting (convened in January of odd-numbered years). An individual can be nominated for a single paper or a ‘group of papers’ and it is anticipated that such a corpus of work will involve – in the spirit of MacArthur & Wilson’s famous monograph – scholarly collaborations with other co-workers.
Miguel B. Araújo (2013)
Lifetime Honorary Membership
The Society shall occasionally take the opportunity of a particular anniversary or event to award Lifetime Honorary Membership for especially notable contributions to biogeography.
Nominations will be considered twice per year by the IBS Awards Committee and confirmed with the recipient prior to announcement. Nominations may be submitted at any time to the President at least 6 months preceding a relevant anniversary or event and should consist of (1) a complete CV and (2) a biography of the nominee written in the style of a “Profiles - biography” article suitable for publication in Frontiers of Biogeography. We encourage simultaneous submission of the nomination package to the IBS and the biography to Frontiers of Biogeography. Awards are expected to be made rarely, but all biographies will be considered for publication in Frontiers of Biogeography coinciding with the anniversary or event.
James H. Brown (2013)
Edward O. Wilson (2007) - read the announcement
Doctoral Dissertation Award
Since 2013, the IBS also makes a periodic award for the best doctoral dissertation, as judged from thesis abstracts submitted to Frontiers of Biogeography by an Early Career Researcher (up to 2 years after graduation from a PhD program).
The Early Career Committee and Frontiers of Biogeography editors evaluate all thesis abstracts submitted for publication in Frontiers of Biogeography following the journal’s usual peer-review process; authors should state their interest to be considered for the award in their cover letter. The recipient of the award will be invited to present their thesis research at the biennial Early Career Conference and will receive a commemorative plate and monetary award to subsidize travel expenses to the Early Career Conference.
Matthew Iacchei (2013) - thesis abstract