Recognition of Achievement for a Research Paper 

Recognition of Achievement for a Research Paper is an award presented to the corresponding author of the most highly cited paper in the BES journals for the past 5 years.

The British Ecological Society has an international reputation for publishing high-quality ecological research. Annually it publishes many papers that go on to be highly cited in the scientific literature and this award has been introduced to acknowledge authors whose papers have been particularly well cited.

Journal of Animal Ecology

    Awarded to Dr Jane Elith in 2014 for her paper
    "A working guide to boosted regression trees"
    Co-authored with John Leathwick and Trevor Hastie
    (Journal of Animal Ecology, 77: 802–813).

 

In this paper Dr Elith and colleagues explain the statistical learning method, boosted regression trees (BRT). They demonstrate the practicalities and advantages of using BRT through a distributional analysis of the short-finned eel (Anguilla australis Richardson), a native freshwater fish of New Zealand. They use a data set of over 13 000 sites to illustrate effects of several settings, and then fit and interpret a model using a subset of the data. They also provide code and a tutorial to enable the wider use of BRT by ecologists.

Jane Elith, who is also acknowledged for her work published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She enjoys working at the interface between the technical aspects of statistical and machine learning models, and the practical needs of ecologists and conservation practitioners wanting to apply them. Since completing her PhD in 2002, Dr Elith’s main research and teaching focus has been understanding and advancing methods for species distribution modelling.
 

 

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