2021 Conservation Biology Awards

The editors of Conservation Biology are immensely proud to have the opportunity to help our authors revise and publish their outstanding research.

Among the many excellent papers, it is our privilege to publish, a few stand out for their quality and impact. To recognize authors who made particularly noteworthy contributions to the journal and conservation science, each year we highlight the best student-led papers published with the Rising Star Award (as judged by Conservation Biology’s editors); the most cited papers; and the papers with the highest Altmetric scores, reflecting to some extent the broader impact of their work.

Here are the awardees for 2021.

Rising Stars

First place

John W. Turnbull

Evaluating the social and ecological effectiveness of partially protected marine areas

Second place

Katie Peterson

Using ensemble modeling to predict the impacts of assisted migration on recipient ecosystems

Third place

Neil A. Gilbert

Abundance estimation of unmarked animals based on camera-trap data 

Most Cited Articles

Articles published in 2019 with the highest number of citations in 2020 and 2021

Brett G. Dickson et al., first

Circuit-theory applications to connectivity science and conservation 

Diana E. Bowler et al., second

Long-term declines of European insectivorous bird populations and potential causes 

Diogo Veríssimo and Anita K. Y. Wan, third

Characterizing efforts to reduce consumer demand for wildlife products 

Highest Altmetric Scores

Articles published online in 2020 with the highest Altmetric score from publication date to 5 January 2022

Magdalena Lenda et al., first

Effects of amusing memes on concern for unappealing species 

Thais Q. Morcatty et al., second

Illegal trade in wild cats and its link to Chinese-led development in Central and South America 

Viktor Baranov et al., third

Complex and nonlinear climate-driven changes in freshwater insect communities over 42 years