Dissertation Chapter by Sonya Auer Wins Award

Sonya Auer

Sonya Auer

Sonya Auer, a Ph.D. graduate student working with David Reznick, a professor of biology, has won an award for one of her dissertation chapters.  The paper, “Life Histories Have a History: Effects of Past and Present Conditions on Adult Somatic Growth Rates in Wild Trinidadian Guppies,” published in Volume 81 of the Journal of Animal Ecology, was selected for the 2012 Elton Prize for the best paper by a young author. In addition to the £250 (sterling) prize money, the award includes a year’s membership to the British Ecological Society and a year’s subscription to the Journal of Animal Ecology.

Auer will also be invited to make a presentation at the 11th International Congress of Ecology in London, in August 2013 before receiving her award at a ceremony from the president of the British Ecological Society. Co-authors on the paper represent part of the ecosystems ecology team affiliated with the research project. Earlier this year, Matt Walsh and Ron Bassar in Reznick’s group each won outstanding young investigator awards for their work affiliated with the project (the 2012 Jasper J. Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Naturalists and the 2012 Hynes Award for New Investigators from the Society for Freshwater Biology, respectively).  Walsh was a runner up for a paper of the year award from the journal Functional Ecology.

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