NatSci's Elise Zipkin named Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow

  • Feb 6, 2017
  • ecology, Faculty, Award
  • Faculty & Staff, Research, Integrative Biology

Elise Zipkin, assistant professor of integrative biology and EEBB, is a 2017 Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow.

Elise Zipkin, assistant professor of integrative biology and EEBB, is a 2017 Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow.

Elise Zipkin, Michigan State University assistant professor of integrative biology, has been named a 2017 Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

Zipkin, who is also a faculty member of the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB) program at MSU, is one of seven early career fellows elected nationally by the society this year. Early career fellows are members who have advanced ecological knowledge and applications within eight years of completing their doctoral training, and show promise of continuing to make outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA. They are elected for five years.

Zipkin, who is currently vice chair of ESA’s Statistical Ecology section, and who will become chair in August, said that she is honored to receive the award.

“I am extremely appreciative that ESA values my contributions to the field of quantitative ecology and look forward to working with the society to advance our research, education and outreach goals as chair of the Statistical Ecology section," she said. 

Zipkin’s research focuses on a range of basic and applied ecological problems with an emphasis on conservation. Her lab develops mathematical and statistical models to study the distribution and demographics of populations and communities across a wide range of species including insects, birds, fish, amphibians and mammals.

“I chaired the search committee that recruited Elise to MSU and I have served as her department chair since then,” said Tom Getty, chair of the Department of Integrative Biology in the College of Natural Science. “It was clear from the start that Elise had the potential to grow into a leader in her field. We’re delighted to have her as a colleague who is making invaluable contributions to our department and to MSU’s EEBB Graduate Program.”

All new Early Career Fellows will be recognized during the awards ceremony at ESA’s annual meeting in August in Portland, Ore. A complete list of the 2017-2021 ESA Early Career Fellows can be found at http://www.esa.org/esa/about/esa-awards/esa-awards/esa-fellows-program/esa-fellows/.