ESSM Awards & Merits 2013 Elizabeth Wilson receives the New Phytologist Poster Award Elizabeth Wilson has received an award from the Physiological Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) for her poster presentation at the ESA annual meeting held this year in Minneapolis. The award is known as the “New Phytologist Poster Award” and is a competitive award given to the best poster from the Section as determined by a panel of judges and Section leadership. The title of her poster was: “The effects of water stress on variability in mesophyll conductance of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) leaves.” Elizabeth is a graduate student advised by Drs. Jason West and Jason Vogel. She received a B.S. in Horticulture from Texas A&M University in 2007 and is currently pursuing a M.S. in ESSM. Her research focus is drought effects on leaf physiology in loblolly pine. Elizabeth is using gas exchange and carbon isotope data collected in a greenhouse study to evaluate water use efficiency in loblolly pine clones as well as evaluating the models that we use for this trait.