The Marsh Award for Early Career Entomologist
|Award Criteria||For 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||£1,250 and Certificate.|
|Eligibility||Any person whose work, or contribution, meets the criteria. There are no geographic restrictions.|
|Cycle||Annual; nominations accepted until 31st December in any year, winner announced early in following year.|
|Adjudication||By a panel consisting of, the President, two senior Fellows and the Chairman or representative of the Marsh Christian Trust.|
|Entry||By 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. By email to the Registrar Kirsty Whiteford, email@example.com, or by post The Mansion House, Chiswell Green Lane, St Albans, Herts, AL2 3NS, please submit by one method only. 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.|
Dr Jessica Gillung, Cornell University
Jessica P. Gillung, who received her Ph.D. in entomology in December 2018, is a postdoctoral associate at the Danforth Lab at Cornell University, where she studies the evolution and conservation of bees and wasps. A native of Brazil, she is fluent in four languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish and German. Jessica joined the UC Davis graduate school program in fall 2013, pursuing research on the evolution, biology, and taxonomy of spider flies, a group of spider natural enemies. Dr. Gillung is interested in biodiversity discovery and cataloging, and the processes that originate and maintain biodiversity. Her research strives to determine the evolutionary origins and patterns of phenotypic and biological diversity among insects through phylogenetic reconstructions, comparative analyses, taxonomy, and genomics. Additionally, she is interested in how to best use genomic sequences to infer evolutionary history and to understand how evolution has shaped biodiversity. She received the 2018 Student Leadership Award and the 2019 Excellence in Early Career Award from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America. Jessica finds outreach a most fulfilling aspect of academia; throughout her career, she has devoted more than 3,000 hours across 28 venues, reaching an audience of more than 25,000 people, and she hopes to inspire women and other underrepresented groups in academia to pursue their scientific aspirations. To find out more about Jessica’s work visit her webpage.
Dr Dara Stanley, National University of Ireland.
Dara has always been interested in nature and wildlife, and her research focuses on the biodiversity, ecology and conservation of insects. After a degree in Botany at Trinity College Dublin, she realised that her interests lay in insects and their interactions with plants. After completing a PhD on pollinators and pollination in agricultural landscapes, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in both London and South Africa. Dara is currently a Lecturer in Plant Ecology at the National University of Ireland Galway some ongoing projects include questions around rare bumblebee conservation, crop pollination, and pesticide effects on bees. She will be moving her lab to University College Dublin in September 2018 to take up a position as Lecturer in Applied Entomology. She has authored over 15 peer-reviewed scientific publications in journals such as Nature, Current Biology and PNAS, and is also actively committed to science communication and outreach. She regularly runs training workshops in the identification of pollinating insects, provides walks and talks on insects and plants to the general public, and her work is regularly covered by national and international media. To find out more about Dara’s work visit her lab pages
John Simaika, UN-IHE, the Netherlands
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 continued his studies at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, with 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.