The International Biogeography Society recognizes a variety of outstanding contributions to the field of biogeography in the form of awards to individuals. Two main awards are given at the biennial international conferences:
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.
Nominations consist of a supporting cover letter of no more than 800 words, co-signed by two members of the IBS, plus an abbreviated CV of the nominee. The selected recipient will be invited to address the society at its next biennial meeting.
Nominations should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, c/o the Chair of the Awards Committee in response to a call released approximate one year in advance of the next biennial conference (convened in January of odd-numbered years). Current members of the IBS Board are not eligible for nomination.
Margaret Davis (2017) – read the announcement
Daniel Simberloff (2015) – read the announcement
James H. Brown (2013) – read the announcement
Robert E. Ricklefs (2011) – interview
John C. Avise (2009) – interview
Jared M. Diamond (2007)
John C. Briggs (2005) – interview
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 email@example.com, c/o Wilson Award SubCommittee (pdf’s are preferred) in response to a call released approximately one year in advance of the next biennial conference (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.
The IBS makes two other periodic awards – one for best doctoral dissertation, as judged from thesis abstracts submitted to Frontiers of Biogeography, and the other to mark a special occasion by awarding a Lifetime Honorary Membership.
The Doctoral Dissertation award was created by the International Biogeography Society in 2013, to recognize outstanding work done by students and recent PhD graduates. It aims to recognize and promote innovative dissertation work that brings together diverse fields of study, and in so doing, is likely to make major contributions to the field of Biogeography.
The International Biogeography Society Doctoral Dissertation winner will be invited to give a plenary talk at the next biennial conference.
Please see details for the latest call here
Carsten Meyer (2017)
Matthew Iacchei (2013) – read the award publication
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.