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ECSA Award Winners

ECSA Peter Jones Memorial Award Winners

This annual award is given for the best paper by a current PhD student or an individual who has recently been awarded a PhD.

This year ECSA is proud to annouce that the award has been given to two winners:


Dr Rebecca Morris

Morris et al., 2017. Increasing habitat complexity on seawalls: Investigating large- and small-scale effects on fish assemblages. Ecology and Evolution. 7(22):9567-9579.

Rebecca obtained her PhD in September 2016 from The University of Sydney focussing on evaluating the effectiveness of ecological engineering to manage biodiversity in urbanised marine systems.

Rebecca is now a research fellow in the National Centre for Coasts and Climate at the University of Melbourne.


Dr Jonathan Dale

Dale et al., 2017. Sedimentation rhythms and hydrodynamics in two engineered environments in an open coast managed realignment site, Marine Geology, 383:120-131.

Jonathan defended his PhD in December 2017, which investigated the evolution of the sediment regime in a large open coast managed realignment site. 

Jonathan is currently a Research Officer in the School of Environment and Technology at the University of Brighton.


ECSA Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

Prof Jiyu CHEN, born in 1921, completed his undergraduate study from 1941-1945 and post-graduate study (equivalent to MSc) in geomorphology from 1945-1947 in the Department of History and Geography at the former National Zhejiang University, China. Subsequently, he worked as a research assistant in the University until 1951. Since 1952 Professor CHEN has been working in East China Normal University.

Professor CHEN led numerous national and Shanghai municipal research projects with over 60 scientific and technical reports submitted to the authorities. He authored 9 books and published more than 140 scientific papers. Due to his outstanding contribution to the country and the estuarine and coastal region, Prof CHEN earned a first grade National Science and Technology Progress Reward. He was elected as a member of International Academy of Sciences for Europe and Asia (IASEA) in 1996 and became an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1999. He is now also the honourable chair of Chinese Society for Oceanography and Limnology.

Prof Jiyu Chen is recognized as a great pioneer of Chinese estuarine and coastal science. He proposed and established the first Estuarine and Coastal Research Institute in China by the end of the 1940’s. He not only developed estuarine and coastal theory but also converted this into engineering practice, integrating hydro-dynamics, sedimentation and geomorphology. As such, he made great achievements and contributed formidably to the work related to the mitigation of impacts in estuary, coastal engineering, port development, flood disaster prevention and water resources utilization.

Prof. Chen’s scientific achievements were used to solve problems encountered in coastal development of China, especially many large coastal engineering works. As a representative example, he took charge of the development of “Pudong International Airport Relocated Eastwards and Ecological Engineering on Jiuduanshan Shoals” project, and successfully kept the balance between a large engineering construction and the local ecological environment. This project led to markedly social economic benefit.

Also, he was responsible for a project on “The Impact of the Three Gorges Project on the ecological environment of the Yangtze River Estuary”, which is a national key scientific research project. He drew quantitative conclusions on environmental effects and qualitative conclusions on the ecological effects. Meanwhile, he continues to make important contributions to problems related to the Three Dam’s, such as water resource management, tidal reclamation and shore protection engineering.

He analysed the development of the Yangtze River and Estuary and recommended a focus on three key regions for improvement of its watercourse (1) the bifurcation area of south branch and north branch, (2) the bifurcation area of the south port and the north port and (3) the bifurcation area of the south and north channels. In order to stabilize the river and estuary regimes, he proposed the water course improvement principles that integrate the reparation, dredging and reclamation.  He not only provided the theoretical foundation for Yangtze River’s improvement engineering, but also offered feasible instructions to aid the transformation of the estuary into an artificial system.

He has published many influential books, such as “Dynamic Processes and Geomorphologic Evolution of Yangtze Estuary”, “Chinese Coastal Development Process and Evolution”, “Development principle mode of Yangtze in the last 2000 years”, “Processes of Dynamic Sedimentation in the Yangtze Estuary” and “Development of Yangtze Estuary and its Submerged Delta”.