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The Marsh Award for Early Career Entomologist.


THE MARSH AWARD FOR EARLY CAREER ENTOMOLOGIST - in conjunction with the Marsh Christian Trust, who fund the prize
Award CriteriaFor an early career contribution to Entomological Science that is judged to be outstanding or exemplary with single or ongoing impact on the science. The Award is 'open' and not restricted to any particular discipline or specialised area of entomological science.
Prize£1250 and Certificate.
EligibilityAny person whose work, or contribution, meets the Criteria. There are no geographic restrictions.
CycleAnnual; nominations accepted until 31st December in any year, winner announced early in following year.
AdjudicationBy a panel consisting of, the President, two senior Fellows and the Chairman or representative of the Marsh Christian Trust.
EntryBy letter of nomination from a Fellow of the Society, or, a person of standing in the field of entomological science. Additional letters of support welcome. The nomination should give as full a profile of the nominee as is possible with special emphasis on relevance to the Award Criteria. All entries to the Registrar at the Mansion House. It is a condition of entry that the winner of the Award shall attend the annual Ento (or other nominated) meeting to receive it, at the Society's expense.
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2017 winner

John Simaika Mem.RES, Stellenbosch University
With an already deep affinity for the protection of the environment, and a broad interest in the biological sciences, John studied at the University of Victoria, Canada, graduating with a B.Sc. in Biology (Honours) and Anthropology (Major). He contiuned his studies at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and his M.Sc. (Entomology) focused on dragonflies as model organisms for developing and testing methods in freshwater conservation. For his MSc, he worked on developing and testing the Dragonfly Biotic Index (DBI) a rapid assessment index for South African streams, work which he continued for his PhD research. The remainder of John's Ph.D focused on conservation planning. The spatial planning work concerned reserve selection using South African aquatic macroinvertebrates and habitat suitability modeling under projected future climate change scenarios in South Africa, and analysis of the representativeness of the continental African network of protected areas of aquatic biodiversity.  
John is currently a research fellow at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. He and his students are working on diverse projects such as disentangling the impacts invasive alien plants have on water quality and aquatic macroinvertebrates in mountain streams of South Africa, and on the development and comparative assessment of wetland assessment tools using dragonflies, for use by citizen scientists in the Lake Victoria region of East Africa.
As a result of his expertise, John is a member of the IUCN Freshwater Conservation Sub-Committee, the IUCN Species Monitoring Specialist Group and the IUCN Dragonfly Specialist Group. John has authored 27 peer-reviewed publications in international journals, two in local journals, four book chapters, and one book. He serves as Associate Editor of the African Journal of Aquatic Science. To find out more about John's work, please visit the Simaika Lab.

2016 winner

Chris Hassall FRES, University of Leeds
Chris' main research project is focused on the ecology and evolution of insect mimicry. The work involves a network of experimental sites in the UK and Canada where replicated experiments are being carried out to evaluate the evolutionary consequences of ecological decoupling of mimicry systems in time and space. A central part of his projuect is science communication and therefore Chris ran a series of schools events as part of the Leeds Festival of Science.

Another aspect of Chris' work involves the link between biodiversity and environmental attitudes, and he is currently exploring this phenomenom in a new collaboration with a health cohort study in Bradford. This collaboration is exploring the contributions of school ground biodiversity to perceptions of nature, with a particular focus on insects, to quantify the benefits that school-based green space can have for children. Chris also supervises three PhD students on the side of his own research and outreach work.

2015 winner

David George FRES, Stockbridge Technology Centre. (Editor of the RES bulletin Antenna)
Dr David George won this award for his contribution to entomological science, primarily made in the fields of veterinary and agricultural pest management, and promotion of beneficial insects on farmland. David is Director of Entomology & Sustainable Agriculture at Stockbridge Technology Centre and is a Fellow, Trustee and Hon. Reg. Sec. of the Royal Entomological Society, also co-editing the Society's member's bulletin, Antenna. He has been involved in collaborative research in both the UK and overseas, publishing some 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals and disseminating his work widely to public, academic and industry audiences.

2014 winner

Donald A'Bear, Cardiff University.

2013 winner

Tom Oliver, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, is the second recipient of this award.

2012 winner

Mrs Jenni Stockan, The James Hutton Institute, is the first recipient of this award.