Pacific Conservation Biology Pacific Conservation Biology Society
A journal dedicated to conservation and wildlife management in the Pacific region.

Awards and Prizes

Ivor Beatty Award

The Ivor Beatty Award has been established to honour the contribution Ivor Beatty made in his life to conservation biology in the Pacific region.

Extract taken from The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 2012: “Ivor Beatty devoted considerable time and money to the scientific publications. Not trained as a scientist, he relied on the advice of the scientists he had become friends with when making decisions on what or what not to publish. Many of Ivor's publications have won awards, including the prestigious Whitely award of the Royal Zoological Society and an American Wildlife Society award. In 1992, Beatty founded Pacific Conservation Biology, a scientific journal devoted to conservation throughout the Pacific region, a unique publication in that it was privately published. Beatty and his family saw Pacific Conservation Biology as an important service to conservation, something they could do to help ensure a better world for future generations. [when asked about his support for scientific publications and conservation, Ivor replied “that he was too old to stand in front of bulldozers, but he could help build a better environment through publications.”] Beatty took time to teach the scientists he worked with how to be good editors and make the most of their publications. One CSIRO scientist said: ''It would be impossible to imagine any zoologist, botanist, ecologist or conservation biologist trained in Australia over the last 20 years who has not had their career influenced by contributions from Beatty's publications. Ivor's work in support of science has helped Australia towards its goal of being a clever country.''

The Ivor Beatty Award will be awarded annually for the best article published in the journal as judged by the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editors.

Nominations and eligibility: The prize is awarded annually (calendar year) for the best paper published in Pacific Conservation Biology as a research paper or forum essay. All papers published in these categories are eligible unless one of the authors is a member of the editorial board. There is no need for authors to nominate specifically. The lead author of the paper chosen will be contacted prior to public announcement to confirm that all authors of the paper are willing to accept the prize.

Selection criteria: Eligible papers will be judged by the Editor-in-Chief and the managing editors. Papers will be scored on (i) Strength of the contribution to conservation science and management, (ii) Scientific rigour, demonstrating a clear rationale, appropriate methodology and sound analysis, and (iii) Clarity of writing and communication, including the effective use of figures, tables and ancillary material (online supplements).

Key dates: Judging will begin after the publication of the final issue for a calendar year. The prize will be announced in the first quarter of the following year.

Award: The winner will receive $500 worth of book vouchers (donated by CSIRO Publishing), a journal subscription and a framed certificate. The article will be made free to access online.

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  • 2016: Kirby Smith, Carol Scarpaci, Brett Louden and Nicholas Otway
    Does the grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus) exhibit agonistic pectoral fin depression? A stereo-video photogrammetric assessment off eastern Australia
    Kirby R. Smith, Carol Scarpaci, Brett M. Louden and Nicholas M. Otway
    pp. 3-11
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  • 2015: Bayard Brattstrom
    Bárcena Volcano, 1952: a 60-year report on the repopulation of San Benedicto Island, Mexico, with a review of the ecological impacts of disastrous events
    Bayard Brattstrom
    pp. 38-59
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