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 the editors highlight the best student-led papers published in the journal with the Rising Star Award (as judged by Conservation Biology’s associate and regional editors); the most cited papers; and the papers with the highest altmetric scores, reflecting to some extent the broader impact of their work. 

We're excited to announce the awardees for 2016!

Rising Stars
This award recognises the best student-led papers.

  1. Elijah R. Cetas for “A Systematic Review of Motivational Values and Conservation Success in and around Protected Areas.” Authors include: Elijah R. Cetas and Maï Yasué.
  2. Xiaoping He for “Role of Genomics and Transcriptomics in Selection of Reintroduction Source Populations.” Authors include: Xiaoping He, Mattias L. Johansson, and Daniel D. Heath.
  3. Jelle P. Hilbers for “Setting Population Targets for Mammals Using Body Mass as a Predictor of Population Persistence.” Authors include: Jelle P. Hilbers, Luca Santini, Piero Visconti, Aafke M. Schipper, Cecilia Pinto, Carlo Rondinini, and Mark A.J. Huijbregts.
  4. Austin W. Milt  for “The Costs of Avoiding Environmental Impacts from Shale-Gas Surface Infrastructure.” Authors include: Austin W. Milt, Tamara D. Gagnolet, and Paul R. Armsworth.

Most Cited Papers
Papers published in 2014 with the highest number of citations in 2015 and 2016. 

  1. Defining the Impact of Non-Native Species,” Jonathan M. Jeschke, Sven Bacher, Tim M. Blackburn, Jaimie T. A. Dick, Franz Essl, Thomas Evans, Mirijam Gaertner, Philip E. Hulme, Ingolf Kühn, Agata Mrugała, Jan Pergl, Petr Pyšek, Wolfgang Rabitsch, Anthony Ricciardi, David M. Richardson, Agnieszka Sendek, Montserrat Vilà, Marten Winter, and Sabrina Kumschick.
  2.  “Interventions for Reducing Extinction Risk in Chytridiomycosis-Threatened Amphibians,” Ben C. Scheele, David A. Hunter, Laura F. Grogan, Lee Berger, Jon E. Kolby, Michael S. Mcfadden, Gerry Marantelli, Lee F. Skerratt and Don A. Driscoll.
  3. A Guide to Understanding Social Science Research for Natural Scientists,” Katie Moon and Deborah Blackman.
  4. Global Analysis of Anthropogenic Debris Ingestion by Sea Turtles,” Qamar Schuyler, Britta Denise Hardesty, Chris Wilcox, and Kathy Townsend.

Highest Altmetric Scores
Papers published in 2015 with the highest altmetric score from publication date to 10 January  2017.

  1. Using Twitter to Communicate Conservation Science from a Professional Conference,” Sara P. Bombaci, Cooper M. Farr, H. Travis Gallo, Anna M. Mangan, Lani T. Stinson, Monica Kaushik and Liba Pejchar.
  2. Arctic Marine Mammal Population Status, Sea Ice Habitat Loss, and Conservation Recommendations for the 21st Century,” Kristin L. Laidre, Harry Stern, Kit M. Kovacs, Lloyd Lowry, Sue E. Moore, Eric V. Regehr, Steven H. Ferguson, Øystein Wiig, Peter Boveng, Robyn P. Angliss, Erik W. Born, Dennis Litovka, Lori Quakenbush, Christian Lydersen, Dag Vongraven and Fernando Ugarte.
  3. Global Population Collapse in a Superabundant Migratory Bird and Illegal Trapping in China,” Johannes Kamp, Steffen Oppel, Alexandr A. Ananin, Yurii A. Durnev, Sergey N. Gashev, Norbert Hölzel, Alexandr L. Mishchenko, Jorma Pessa, Sergey M. Smirenski, Evgenii G. Strelnikov, Sami Timonen, Kolja Wolanska and Simba Chan.