Former NCEAS Postdoctoral Associates Named Early Career Fellows by Ecological Society of America

NCEAS congratulates two of its Postdoctoral alumni, Marissa L. Baskett and Duncan N.L. Menge for being named the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) 2013 Early Career Fellows. The ESA fellows program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and to management and policy. A complete list of ESA 2013 Fellows and Early Career Fellows is in their announcement.

Early career fellows are ESA members typically within eight years of receiving their Ph.D. who have begun making and show promise of continuing to make outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA. They are elected for five years.

Baskett and Menge are two of only six Early Career Fellows named by ESA in 2013. The awardees are grateful for the recognition from ESA.

“I'm honored and humbled to receive this award, and I deeply appreciate ESA's recognition of research that looks to connect basic and applied ecology,” commented Baskett.

“It is an honor to have my body of work recognized by ESA,” explained Menge. “It is also humbling, given the extraordinary accomplishments of the other Early Career Fellows.”

Marissa L. Baskett was a postdoctoral associate at NCEAS from 2006 to 2008. Baskett is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis where her research lab focuses on developing theoretical models to investigate how ecological and evolutionary processes interact in response to large-scale, anthropogenic global change, particularly in marine systems. While at NCEAS, Baskett’s work centered on coral reefs and climate change. She has returned to NCEAS to participate in a Working Group with Peter Edmunds and Ruth Gates on “Tropical coral reefs of the future: Modeling ecological outcomes from the analyses of current and historical trends.”

Duncan N.L. Menge was a Postdoctoral Associate at NCEAS from 2008 to 2010. Menge is an ecologist in the Pacala lab in Princeton University's Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a visiting scientist in the Vitousek lab at Stanford University. Starting in July 2013 he will be an Assistant Professor in Columbia University's Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B). In April, 2013 Duncan and his co-authors Lars Hedin and Stephen Pacala,received the ESA Outstanding Ecological Theory Paper Award for "Nitrogen and phosphorus limitation over long-term ecosystem development in terrestrial ecosystems," which was one of the important outcomes of Menge’s work during his tenure at NCEAS.

NCEAS Postdoctoral Associates is a non-traditional model for postdoctoral scholarship that has had tremendous, documentable success since NCEAS' establishment in 1995. NCEAS Postdoctoral Associates work independently of a formal mentor and are encouraged to collaborate with established faculty locally and globally, to participate in Working Groups, and to interact with visiting scholars.

Link to UCSB press release


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Posted on June 13, 2013