ACCOBAMS-ECS Student Awards

Approximately one third to one half of the ECS membership comprises students. To promote high standards in the quality and clarity of scientific presentation, the society coordinates a comprehensive assessment of student oral and poster presentations. Upon submitting an abstract for a conference, a student can decide to nominate their presentation for consideration for the ACCOBAMS-ECS Student Award. This award is generously sponsored by ACCOBAMS. Nominated presentation is assessed anonymously by four conference attendees who are experts in relevant fields of study. The results are compiled and the lead-author of the presentations obtaining highest scores receive an award, including a prize and a certificate. Each year, an award is given for the following categories: best poster, best short talk and best long talk.

Best Oral Presentation

Year Conference Title of Presentation Awardee
2018 Italy Origin and spread of phocine distemper virus in 1988 and 2002 Iben Stockholm
2017 Denmark Drivers of the Dive Response in Harbour Seals (Phoca vitulina) Jeppe Kaczmarek
2016 Madeira Conservation of killer whales in the Strait of Gibraltar requires ecosystem-based bluefin tuna fishery management Ruth Esteban
2015 Malta Does the pressure of achieving reproductive success prevent grey seals from responding to human disturbance?  Amanda Bishop

Best Short Talks

Year Conference Title of Presentation Awardee
2018 Italy From brick to bullet: Using Computational Fluid Dynamics to design bio-logging tags with minimal drag William Kay
2018 Italy Kinematic and acoustic analysis of herring-eating killer whale feeding behaviour during different prey life-stages Pablo Chevallard
2017 Denmark Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in free ranging common bottlenose dolphins from the northern Adriatic Sea, in relation to demographic parameters Tilen Genov
2016 Madeira Cytochrome P450 1A1 and 2B protein expression as biomarker for the first assessment of the ecotoxicological status of Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) in the NW Mediterranean Sea Matteo Baini
2015 Malta Development of a biomechanic model of grey seal impacts on the west coast of Scotland fisheries Vanessa Trijoulet

Best Posters

Year Conference Title of Poster Awardee
2018 Italy Elucidating The Cave Use Pattern of Mediterranean Monk Seal On Exploited Habitats Merve Kurt
2018 Italy Seasonal variations in girth measurements of individual harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) Emilie Nicoline Stepien
2018 Italy Assessing reproductive parameters of females bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) from the Aeolian Archipelago (Southern Italy): a thirteen‐year mark‐recapture study Chiara Bruno
2017 Denmark Mapping Danish marine mammal ecotouris Christian Riisager-Pedersen (Postgraduate)
2017 Denmark The importance of correcting effort for “handling time” in species distribution models from non-dedicated surveys Anna Schleimer (Postgraduate)
2017 Denmark The seasonal buoyancy budget of habour porpoises during dives Michael Ragkousis (Undergraduate)
2016 Madeira First record of the nasal mite Halarachne halichoeri in a grey seal from the German Wadden Sea  Anja Reckendorf (Postgraduate)
2016 Madeira Echolocation parameters of Australian humpback dolphins (Sousa sahulensis) and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the wild: investigating biosonar parameter shaping pressures  Mafalda de Freitas (Undergraduate)
2015 Malta Shedding light on the phenomenon of grey seal predation on marine mammals Abbo van Neer
2015 Malta Reproductive histories and inter-birth calving intervals of female bottlenose dolphins Texa Sim