Announcing the 2020 BioOne Ambassador Award Winners
It is my distinct pleasure to announce the winners of the 2020 BioOne Ambassador Award. These early career authors in three countries were chosen as the third cohort of BioOne Ambassadors because they have best communicated their specialized research beyond their immediate discipline and to the public at large.
Effective communication is fundamental to ensure that scientific information is best positioned to support informed, evidence-based decisions by policy-makers, citizen scientists, and other advocates. BioOne is pleased to recognize these individuals for their clarity and creativity. Winners from each publication receive a $1,000 award and wide dissemination of their research.
Our Ambassadors published on topics of groundbreaking research in zoology, including what happens to sleep-deprived tortoises and the value of 12-foot crocodiles lurking in museum collections. In marine science, we learned about the effects of water temperature on the glue that binds mussels to their ropes. And our ornithologist Ambassadors published their findings on the challenges for seabirds that breed in the world’s driest desert and the best time to flood wetlands to support bird migration.
This year’s winners were chosen through a competitive process. Active BioOne publishers were invited in January to nominate an early career researcher who published an article in their journal during 2019. To qualify, the author must be either a graduate student or a scientist who has completed their Ph.D. within the last five years. BioOne invited qualified nominees to submit a 250-word, plain-language summary explaining how the results of their work apply across disciplines and to the public at large.
We would like to recognize and thank the three professional science communicators who served as judges: Stacey Baker (AAAS), Maisie Buntin (Milwaukee Public Museum), and Fiona Muir (Francis Crick Institute, London).
BioOne created the Ambassador Award to spotlight rising scholars in their specialties and generate a wider interest in recent research from our publishing partners. Please see BioOne’s page where we proudly showcase this new generation of researchers. Congratulations to the 2020 award winners.