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Editors-in-Chief: C.L. Ballaré; R. Brandl; K.L. Gross; R.K. Monson; J.C. Trexler; H. Ylönen

ISSN: 0029-8549 (print version)
ISSN: 1432-1939 (electronic version)

Journal no. 442

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Highlighted Student Papers

Announcing two new awards to be offered annually by the Editorial Board of Oecologia and Springer Nature honoring outstanding papers published in the journal by student authors. 

The Ehleringer and Hanski Prizes will be awarded to the best papers submitted each calendar year and published in Oecologia in the Student Highlighted Research section. This section is reserved for papers that describe research conducted as part of a student's thesis or dissertation during undergraduate or graduate studies. Post-doctoral research is not eligible for this honor. Each year a committee constituted from the editorial board of Oecologia will review all eligible papers and select one paper for each award. The awards will consist of a monetary prize and a highlighted profile of the paper and author published in one issue of the journal. For papers submitted in 2016, the prize is $500US. The papers will also be available for free access from the Oecologia website for a two-month period following the announcement.
We are proud to name the best paper annually in plant ecology and plant-microbe-animal interactions to honor Professor James Ehleringer. Professor Ehleringer has served as an editor with Oecologia since 1982, and served as Editor-in-Chief between 1989 and 2006. His research expertise in stable isotope ecology and his dedication to international collaborations and promotion of graduate student and post-doctoral studies in this area helped establish Oecologia as one of the premier journals representing this discipline. He is an elected Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US National Academy of Sciences.
We are proud to name the best student paper annually in all areas of animal ecology to honor the late Professor Ilkka Hanski (1953-2016). Professor Hanski had diverse interests in ecological questions on threats and maintenance of biodiversity starting from dung beetle communities to forest biodiversity and island biogeography. Prof. Hanski's 1999 book, Metapopulation Ecology, became a cornerstone for researchers in population biology, conservation biology and landscape ecology. Among many honors, Prof. Hanski was awarded ecology's Nobel Prize, the Crafoord Prize in Biosciences in 2011. Training students, discussing ideas and commenting on manuscripts of young scientists were his top priority. He served on the Oecologia editorial board from 1991to 2007. This award covers papers in the areas of animal ecology, including topics in animal ecophysiology, animal food-web and interaction-web ecology, animal population and community ecology, and invasive animal ecology.
Graduate student’s wishing to have their papers considered for these awards need only to request consideration for the Highlighted Student Paper section.
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This year, the winner of the Ehleringer Prize is Steven A. Kannenberg, from the Department of Biology, Indiana University, where he is a student in Richard P. Phillips’ laboratory. His paper is entitled, “Soil microbial communities buffer physiological responses to drought stress in three hardwood species” (Oecologia 183:631–641 DOI 10.1007/s00442-016-3783-2). This paper examines the have the potential of soil microbes to alter key parameters used to diagnose drought sensitivity (i.e., isohydry or anisohydry). The study reported suggests that a revised perspective on plant hydraulic strategies that considers root-microbe interactions may lead to improved predictions of forest vulnerability to drought.
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The Hanski Prize is awarded Jennifer G. Klutsch, from the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. She is a student in Nadir Erbilgin’s laboratory. Her paper entitled, “Direction of interaction between mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) and resource‑sharing wood‑boring beetles depends on plant parasite infection” (Oecologia 182:1–12, DOI 10.1007/s00442-016-3559-8). The authors of this paper observed that plant pathogens can have cascading consequences on resource-sharing insect herbivores, but their role in interspecies interactions (competition, facilitation) during biological invasions is poorly known. This paper demonstrates that the competitive effect of native wood-boring beetles on a non-native invasive bark beetle was dependent on plant pathogen induced changes in host tree quality and chemical defenses.
Congratulations to the winners and all authors of the Highlighted Student Papers submitted in Oecologia.

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