Early career essay competition winners

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Winners announced: Biodiversity Revisited early career essay competition

Biodiversity Revisited is the first comprehensive review of the concepts, narratives, governance, science, systems and futures underpinning biodiversity science since the emergence of the term in the 1980s. As part of this review, we ran a competition in 2019 for early-career researchers and practitioners to share their thoughts on one of the six themes (or as a cross-cutting piece).

We are pleased to announce the eight winners of this competition are:

Each winner, selected by the Biodiversity Revisited Steering Committee, was invited to our inaugural Biodiversity Revisited Symposium that took place 11-13 September in Vienna, Austria. The winners had the opportunity to share with other attendees the ideas and reflections expressed in their essays and contribute to Symposium discussions.

The judges were:

  • Prof Georgina Mace, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems. Genetics, Evolution & Environment. Div. of Biosciences, UCL.
  • Dr John Garcia-Ulloa, Senior Scientist. Ecosystem Management Group, ETH Zürich.
  • Dr Jasper Montana, Research Fellow in Human Geography. School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
  • Dr Chris Sandbrook, Senior Lecturer and Fellow. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • Prof Laurie Yung, Professor of Natural Resource Social Science. Department of Society & Conservation, University of Montana.
  • Dr Jensen Montamboult, Director, Science for Nature and People Partnership. The Nature Conservancy.

Of the 149 essays we received, 136 met our “early career” qualification criteria who came from 46 countries and we received an even split of applications from males and females. Approximately half of the authors were young professionals (e.g. practitioners or academics), with the other half being postgraduate students. Just over half of the submissions were cross-cutting pieces, the remainder focussed on one of our six themes

We wish to thank everyone who submitted an essay to the competition. Unfortunately, due to the number of entries we received, we were not able to provide feedback on individual essays. If you didn’t win but would like to contribute to Biodiversity Revisited, please feel free to send us a thought piece or get involved with the debate on social media using the hashtag #BiodiversityRevisited.