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10 April 2014
Volume 15 Issue 4
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ET&C and IEAM Best Paper Award Winners

Jen Lynch, SETAC Publications Manager

The SETAC Journals Best Paper Awards recognize papers published in the previous volume year that exemplify technical innovation and scientific advancement in their field of research. A committee comprised of journal editors judges the quality and clarity of the presentation and the potential impact of the paper on its field. The first author receives a future open-access paper in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) or Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM) (a $3,000 value), a $1,000 cash award from SETAC, a one-year SETAC membership, registration to one SETAC annual meeting at which they will be recognized, and a free book from Wiley. We are pleased to announce the following awards:

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Best Paper Award 2013

Plant consumption by grizzly bears reduces biomagnification of salmon-derived polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and organocholride pesticides; Jennie R. Christensen, Mark Yunker, Misty MacDuffee and Peter S. Ross; Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry; Volume 32, Issue 5 (995-1005)

Jennie C. Christensen of Stantec Consulting, Inc. will receive the award. Christensen et al. assessed the bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in coastal grizzly bears using noninvasive sampling (diet and fecal samples).  The study had many strong elements including the focus on a charismatic species, detailed chemical analyses, a strong set of ancillary data characterizing the diets and useful insights from bioaccumulation modeling. The authors reached the surprising conclusion that a plant-rich spring and summer diet of the grizzlies results in a drawdown of POPs previously acquired through the consumption of salmon, to such an extent that net biomagnification is reduced. This helps to explain why these top predators have low levels of POPs compared to other top mammalian predators like polar bears, seals and whales. High-fiber diets appear to offer protection for these animals from accumulating toxic, bioaccumulative chemicals. The full article is freely accessible on the ET&C website.

Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management Best Paper Award 2013

Ecosystem services and environmental decision making: seeking order in complexity; Sabine Apitz; Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management; Volume 9, Issue 2 (214-230)

The ecosystem services concept is rapidly evolving and is being applied in a wide variety of regulatory contexts.  However, there exists a considerable gap between concept and practice, with a lack of consistency further hindering cross-disciplinary integration.

Apitz provides a novel synthesis of ecosystem services concepts and a much-needed overview of ecosystem services in practice. The paper presents a logical and comprehensive framework for integrating this concept into environmental decision-making at local, regional and national scales. Apitz presents a range of current and emerging regulatory and management applications to which the ecosystem services paradigm can be applied and helps set the tone for consistent definition and usage for terms across disciplines. The full article is freely accessible on the IEAM website.

Other exceptional papers short listed for the award are as follows:

Author's contact information: jen.lynch@setac.org

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