E4 award papers over the years

Submitted by editor on 1 February 2024.

The E4 Award is given every year to an early-career research scientist who writes an exceptional Review manuscript. The winner receives a 1000 cash prize and the runner-up receives €500. The topic of the paper should focus on spatial and/or temporal patterns, particularly studies of population and community ecology, macroecology, biogeography, ecological genetics, historical ecology, evolution, macroevolution, and conservation.

Our early-career E4 award papers are more downloaded and cited than the average research paper for Ecography. In addition, they tend to have high altmetrics scores. Learn more and find out how to apply: http://www.ecography.org/news/e4-award.

Virtual issues of all E4 award papers:

E4 Award 2022 issue


E4 Award 2018 issue  

E4 Award 2017 issue

E4 Award 2016 issue

E4 Award 2015 issue

Video abstracts of E4 Award winners/runner-ups:

(click on each icon for video abstract)
2022 winner: How and why species are rare: towards an understanding of the ecological causes of rarity
2022 runner-up: Ecological and evolutionary consequences of temporal variation in dispersal
2021 winner: Coupling eco-evolutionary mechanisms with deep-time environmental dynamics to understand biodiversity patterns
2021 runner-up: The predictive performance of process-explicit range change models remains largely untested

2020 winner: Using multi-scale spatially explicit frameworks to understand the relationship between functional diversity and species richness

2020 runner-up: Species distribution models rarely predict the biology of real populations


2019 winner: The challenge of novel abiotic conditions for species undergoing climate‐induced range shifts


2019 runner-up: The Moran effect revisited: spatial population synchrony under global warming

2018 winner: Understanding extinction debts: spatio–temporal scales & a future roadmap


2018 runner-up: Inference of biogeography history with distinct lines of evidence


2017 winner: Understanding ecological change across spatial, temporal & taxonomic scales


2017 runner-up: Incorporating microclimate into species distribution models


2016 winner: Biogeography of human infectious diseases for global health management


2016 runner-up: Spatial & temporal variation in climate change limits species dispersal