Nominations are open for the Ecological Society of America’s annual awards. Including one of the big ones: the George Mercer Award, which goes to the best ecology paper published in 2011-12 by a lead author no more than 40 years old at the time of publication. The paper can come from any journal. Our own Meg Duffy is a past Mercer Award winner.
Anyone can nominate a paper for the award (click the link for details on how to do this). I’ve done it a few times in the past. A paper I nominated even won once, which was cool*. I feel like I should get in the habit of submitting a nomination every year. It’s a good excuse to reflect on what you’ve read, and it’s a nice way to give a shout-out to someone who’s work you think is really superb.
So, what papers would you like to see considered for the Mercer Award this year? To be clear, this is purely for fun–I’m just posing this question as an excuse to let people talk about papers they really admire. Neither Meg, Brian, or I is on the Mercer award committee, and nothing anyone says on this comment thread is going to influence the award committee.
*This is the closest I’m ever likely to come to winning myself. My papers from 2011-12 are still eligible, as I just turned 41 this year. But while I’m quite pleased with this paper, somehow I don’t think they’re going to give the Mercer award to an opinion piece based on zombie jokes. 🙂 Plus, even I think there are plenty of more deserving candidates.