The Society’s award for excellence in entomology at mid career will be the Ian Mackerras Medal and is given every two years (even years) to a member of the Society who is judged by the Board as being mid career and who has demonstrated excellence in entomology over many years.
The award is named in honour of Dr Ian Mackerras, the Society’s first President and an entomologist who embodied the excellence in entomological pursuits that the award recognises.
Nominations for the award are due by 31 August of an award year:
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Prof. Nathan Lo wins the 2020 Ian Mackerras Medal
Nathan Lo has made outstanding contributions in two areas of entomology: termite biology and insect symbiosis. His work has been cited over 7300 times. His findings on termites and symbionts have been included in multiple textbooks, including The Insects: An Outline of Entomology, and Microbiology: Principles and Explorations. Nathan Lo has made a series of ground-breaking discoveries on termites over a period of 20 years, including characterising the way they digest cellulose, determining their evolutionary origins, revealing the first case of genetic caste determination, elucidating their phylogenetic relationships using mitochondrial genome and transcriptome data, and finding the first 'all-female' termite lineage. He was the first to unequivocally show that termites are actually a highly derived form of cockroach, having evolved from a sub-social, monogamous, wood-feeding ancestor closely related to the relict cockroach genus Cryptocercus. His phylogenetic work has had an important impact on our understanding of the timescale of insect evolution more broadly, showing that many insect orders and lineages evolved 100 million years earlier than previously recognised. Nathan Lo's work on the insect and arthropod symbionts Wolbachia pipientis, Blattabacterium cuenoti and Midichloria mitochondrii has resulted in a series of discoveries with wide-ranging impacts in entomology and evolutionary biology.
|2016||Dr Martin Steinbauer|
|2014||Prof. Tony Clarke|
|2012||Dr Michael Braby|
|2010||Professor Scott O'Neill|
|2008||Dr David Yeates|
|2004||Prof. A. Hoffmann|
|2002||Dr G.P. Fitt|
|2000||Dr P.G. Allsopp|
|1996||Dr M.P. Zalucki|
|1992||Dr E.S. Nielsen|
|1990||Dr R.A.I. Drew|
|1988||Dr T.R. New|
|1986||Dr R.W. Sutherst|
|1984||Dr J.A.L. Watson|