Spotlight on Student Research: A Call for Submissions

As part of the Society for Conservation Biology’s continuing drive to recognize the outstanding research being conducted by student members, the Education and Student Affairs Committee is pleased to announce the Spotlight on Student Research. Each issue of the Newsletter will focus on one of our student members (undergrad and postgrad) whose research exemplifies the mission of the Society for Conservation Biology to advance the science and practice of conserving the Earth's biological diversity. This profile will feature details of their research, as well as a broader description of their involvement in conservation biology. Those profiled will be competitively selected by a panel of judges based on the quality of their research and their contribution to conservation efforts. Each issue will showcase a student from one of our regional sections: Africa, Asia, Austral and Neotropical America, Europe, North America and Oceania. Joining a section is free for SCB members, visit for info.

We encourage all student members to submit an application (for those who are not members, details on joining can be found at We also encourage anyone who knows of suitable candidates to pass on details of this opportunity. Applications are continually accepted and should be submitted as an attached document in the format shown in the attached submission form to with the e-mail subject “spotlight” followed by the section name. We will notify the results by email and the winner student’s research will be profiled on the SCB website and on the SCB newsletter. We will periodically assess all applications from a section and nominate the winner for that section.

The next section to be evaluated is Austral and Neotropical America with applications collected 30th April and winner chosen by 20th May. The prizes for the winner will be:

  • One-year membership to SCB

  • Subscription to one additional scientific journal (to be determined)

  • Two books related to the winner's field of research

We will accept the following formats for proposals: Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, Open Office (odt), Plain Text, Rich Text Format (rtf). Both text and figures of the submission should be in a single document. Please ensure that the file size is smaller than 3 MB by cropping and lowering the resolution of the figures.

Piero Visconti coordinator Spotlight on Student Research award
Nora Bynum chair Education and Student Affairs Committee

Submission form.doc
Submission form.doc
Submission form.doc


  • The winner for the Spotlight North America is David Lawrence PhD student at the University of Washington. The second classified is Pamela Wong, PhD student at University of Toronto. The third is Rob Found PhD student at the University of Alberta. This round of the Spotlight on Student Research was coordinated by Bogdan Cristescu, Sadie Ryan Simonovich and Dominick DellaSala. Check out the winner profile and research project below

Spotlight on Student Research - North America, winner profile:



  • The deadline for the Student Award Austral and Neotropical America section has been postponed to 30th April
  • Board members from the SCB Asia section can contact to express their interest in coordinating a round of selection.


You need to have a current SCB membership and have joined the regional section selected in your submission form to participate