ESSM Awards & Merits 2009 Dirac Twidwell awarded Best Presentation at World Conference in Perth, Australia Dirac Twidwell, a PhD student in ESSM, was awarded Best Student Oral Presentation at the World Conference "Making Change in a Changing World" for the Society of Ecological Restoration International (SERI). Approximately 1000 people attended the conference from all inhabited continents across the world. Dirac Twidwell's talk, "Overcoming ecological and social resilience to restore fire dependent ecosystems," focused on quantifying resilience using features of the adaptive cycle to directly integrate and overcome ecological and societal constraints to fire. His talk was featured by invited speakers in later sessions as a "great paper that… finally allows us to gain a better handle on how to apply resilience concepts." Coauthors of the presentation included Dr. William E. Rogers (ESSM), Dr. Samuel D. Fuhlendorf (NREM, OK State), Dr. Charles A. Taylor, Jr. (ESSM), and Dr. Urs P. Kreuter (ESSM).