Ecology in Action Award

Nominations for this award are now closed.

The Ecology in Action award reflects one of the primary aims of the society: the promotion of the study of ecology and the application of ecological knowledge in all its aspects. This award was established to recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the application of ecological knowledge, including communication, education and transfer of ecological science at the grass roots in NZ or the Pacific. The Society would like to recognise such individuals’ achievements in promoting ecology and education, with landowners, community groups, politicians, councils and others. The society recognises the important role of the transfer of ecological knowledge in changing behaviours and achieving practical protection and restoration of biodiversity.

The Society awards recipients:

• $500 prize

• $500 contribution towards attending the next NZ Ecological Society Conference

Recipients of the award are also invited to present a paper at the next annual NZ Ecological Society Conference. The work can also be given profile via a media item, or highlighted in the NZ Ecological Society newsletter. 

Nominations must include a detailed statement of support outlining the nominee’s contributions to the practice and application of ecology.

2016 Nominations for this award are now closed.

Past Recipients Ecology in Action Award

2016 Chris Green (Department of Conservation)
2015 Laura Molles (Lincoln University)


Kevin Parker (Parker Conservation)

2013 Not presented


John Ogden (Great Barrier Island Charitable Trust)


John Sawyer (Auckland Council)


Marieke Lettink (Fauna Finders, Christchurch)


Mike Joy (Massey University)


Henrik Moller (University of Otago)


Frances Schmechel (Environment Canterbury)


Colin Meurk (Landcare Research)


Karen Denyer (Waikato Regional Council)