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Hynes Award

Hynes Award for New Investigators

Nomination Form

Dr. Amanda DelVecchia - 2018

Amanda DelVecchia is an ecosystem ecologist broadly interested in the interactions between biogeochemical and ecological processes in freshwater ecosystems. She is currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar working with Dr. Brad Taylor and Dr. Scott Wissinger to understand how climate-change induced shifts in caddisfly populations affect carbon and nutrient transformations in alpine ponds. She received her PhD from the University of Montana having worked with Dr. Jack Stanford at Flathead Lake Biological Station on the role of methane dynamics in supporting ecosystems in shallow alluvial aquifers of river floodplains, most notably the Nyack Floodplain in northwestern Montana. She was selected for the Hynes award based on her publication resulting from this work, which showed the widespread contribution of methane-derived carbon to aquifer consumer biomass and documented the first contribution of millennial-aged methane-derived carbon to secondary consumers in a freshwater system: DelVecchia, Amanda G., Jack A. Stanford, and Xiaomei Xu. "Ancient and Methane-Derived Carbon Subsidizes Contemporary Food Webs." Nature Communications 7 (2016): 13163. She also currently studies patterns of carbon dioxide concentrations and efflux across pond ecosystems, geologic and biological carbon sources and transformations in river aquifer ecosystems, and population genomics of geographically isolated macroinvertebrate populations.

About the Award

The Hynes Award for New Investigators will be awarded to a benthic scientist who was senior author of an outstanding primary publication in benthic science that appeared in print in the last 3 years (i.e., 2012 to availability online by 31 December 2014). The recipient must have received a terminal post-graduate degree within the last five years, and cannot currently be enrolled in a degree program. Nominations should consist of a letter explaining why the paper was outstanding, a curriculum vitae to verify that the nominee satisfies the criteria, and a copy of the paper for the committee to evaluate (all in pdf form). Additional letters of support are unnecessary and repeat nomination of papers is encouraged as long as they still satisfy the award criteria. Submit your nominations using the SFS Awards Nomination Portal linked at the top of this page.


2000  Robert O. Hall Jr.

2001 Michelle A. Baker

2002 David A. Lytle

2003  Bradley J. Cardinale

2004 Emily S. Bernhardt

2005  Colden V. Baxter

2006 Jack Brookshire

2007 Brad W. Taylor

2008 Peter B. McIntyre

2009 Brian Roberts

2010 John Davis

2011 Debra S. Finn

2012 Ronald D. Bassar (award talk)

2013 Michael T. Bogan

2014 Daniel C. Allen

2015 Carla L. Atkinson

2016 Erin R. Hotchkiss

2018 Amanda DelVecchia