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Edited By: Dries Bonte

Impact Factor: 3.444

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 35/144 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1600-0706


2012 Per Brinck Oikos Award

The Per Brinck Foundation at the editorial office of the journal Oikos and Wiley/Blackwell Publishing annually awards the Per Brinck Oikos Award in honor of the Swedish ecologist Professor Per Brinck, who has played an instrumental role for the development and recognition of the science of ecology in the Nordic countries, especially as serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Oikos for many years. The Per Brinck Oikos Award recognizes extraordinary and important contributions to the science of ecology. Particular emphasis is given to scientific work aimed at synthesis that has led to novel and original research in unexplored or neglected fields or to bridging gaps between ecological disciplines. Such achievements typically require theoretical innovation and development as well as imaginative observational or experimental work, all of which will be valid grounds for recognition.

The 2012 laureate is Prof. Tim Coulson from Imperial College London for his timely and synthesizing work on linking ecological and evolutionary theory. Instead of treating individual variation in life history as noise, he is embracing individual variation and the mechanisms leading to it. By integrating this variation into models he developed novel theoretical approaches to predict ecological and evolutionary consequences of environmental change on life history, population dynamics and the distribution of quantitative characters and genotypes. In this issue, we publish Tim Coulson’s Per Brinck lecture in which he demonstrates the advantages of integral projection models for the understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics ifin systems that cannot be easily replicated in the field. By this hands- on paper, Tim advocates the benefits of IPM’s to field biologists who may not have tried to construct models before but might be interested in doing so.

Original paper: Predicting food-web structure with metacommunity models
Featured in Red Orbit Online.

OIKOS in Science
OIKOS article selected for 'Editor's Choice:Highlights of recent Literature' published in Science.
Read the Science article here.

Congratulations to Prof. Michel Loreau, McGill University, Canada – the 2011 Per Brinck Oikos Award Winner
The Per Brinck Oikos Award is an annual prize which recognises and commemorates outstanding contributions to the science of ecology. The award scheme, now in its third year, is named after the Swedish zooecologist Per Brinck, who was a long standing editor-in-chief of Oikos (1965-1989). The awardee is nominated by the Editorial Board and Subject Editors of Oikos, and is presented with €1500 and an invitation to give the annual Per Brinck Lecture. Congratulations once again to Prof. Michel Loreau.

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