MCED Award 2015

Award Winners 2015

MCED Award for Innovative Contributions to
Ecological Modelling

In 2015 the number of applications increased by 50%. Again a very high number of very excellent applications were submitted which related to different modelling approaches and a multitude of research topics. The jury consisting of the book editors, representatives of the Young Modellers and the President of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ) had a hard time evaluating all applications according to novelty of the approach, contribution to ecology and ecological theory and bridging the gap between science and application.

The decision was extremely close. Finally Dr. Frank Breiner (Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland) was awarded for 2015.

We cordially congratulate the winners for 2015:

PhDs and Postdocs

1st Prize:
Dr. Frank Breiner, Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Overcoming limitations of modelling rare species by using ensembles of small models

2nd Prize:
Dr Greta Bocedi, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Mechanistic modelling of animal dispersal offers new insights into range expansion dynamics across fragmented landscapes


Bachelors and Master students
(the prize was shared)

1st Prize:
Chris Cacciapagli, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne FL, USA
Reef-coral refugia in a rapidly changing ocean

1st Prize:
Zawisza Grabinski-Parker, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, USA
Reburn severity interactions over 30 years in the Klamath mountains ecoregion, California, USA”