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Alfred Russel Wallace PhD Thesis Award

Award CriteriaFor post-graduates who have been awarded a PhD, whose work is considered by their supervisor to be outstanding. The research involved should be a significant contribution to the science of entomology.
Prize£800 plus Certificate, plus one years free Membership. The winner will also be invited to present their work at a major Society meeting (where expenses will be met) and submit an article to Antenna.
EligibilityAll post-graduates who have been awarded a PhD degree, on the basis of a thesis written in the English language, within the twelve months preceeding the closing date for nominations.
CycleAnnual, entries to be received by 1st October in any year. Winners announced in the following year.
AdjudicationA group of senior Fellows of the Society.
EntryThe candidate's supervisor should complete the entry form (link below), append a copy of the abstract of the thesis, and send it to the Registrar to arrive by 1st October. Please do not send a copy of the thesis itself until requested to do so. The candidate will at that stage be asked also to provide a 500-word statement expressing in layman's terms the contribution that their work has made to entomology. A letter of support from the external examiner confirming the quality of the thesis will be sought, when required the thesis should be submitted as a pdf.

Entry Form
Further informationLink to Alfred Russel Wallace website


2014/15 winner:Mihail Garbuzov for his outstanding work "Helping the honey bee and other flower-visiting insects in urban areas."
2013/14 winner:Toos Van Noordwijk for her outstanding work "Through Arthropod Eyes: Gaining mechanistic understanding of calcareous grassland diversity."
2012/13 winner:Dr Sarah Beynon, for her outstanding work on Ecosystem Service Provision by Dung Associated Invertebrates which has added to the understanding of insect biodiversity. Visit the website
2011/12 winner:Dr Richard Merrill for his ground-breaking work on Heliconius that has contributed to some major new knowledge and insights, in a field that is basic to our understanding of insect biodiversity.
2010/11 winner:Dr Ben Longdon for his ground-breaking work and the outstanding contribution that he has made to knowledge of the evolution of sigma viruses in Drosophilidae, which opens up new avenues for research.
2009/10 winner:Dr Katherine Barry for her work on the evolution of mating behaviour in mantids.
2008/09 winner:Dr Tom Fayle for his studies of the ant community structure in a rain forest microcosm.
2007/08 winner:Dr Hannah M Rowland for her studies of the visual and behavioural ecology of countershading and other prey defences.
2006/07 winner:Dr Timothy C Hawes for his studies of Plasticity in arthropod cryotypes - a polar perspective.
2005/06 winner:Dr James Logan for his studies of differential responses of mosquitoes and biting midges to human host odours.
2004/05 winner
of this new award:
Dr Joseph Parker of M.R.C. Cambridge for his work on size control mechanisms in fruit fly embryos.