One of the most productive scientists in the world who work on climate change
The President hands the Ramon Margalef Award to Josep Peñuelas
The Catalan ecologist, Josep Peñuelas, received the Ramon Margalef Award in Ecology from the President of the Catalan Government, Carles Puigdemont, who noted his “Commitment to the sustainability of the planet and, therefore, to the conservation of nature in our land” and “His commitment to Catalonia.” The ecologist is the first Catalan and the third European awarded the prize.
Josep Peñuelas is a scientist committed to high-level research, but also with its popularisation throughout society and the transfer of scientific results to decision-making bodies. He is also the third most productive scientist working on climate change worldwide.
The jury’s rationale
The jury decided to distinguish Josep Peñuelas this twelfth awarding of the prize in considering him one of the best and most cited researchers in the world in the field of ecology and the environment. Dr. Josep Peñuelas is research professor at CREAF (The Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Centre), where he leads the Global Ecology group. He is currently working in different fields of study: from plant ecophysiology, to remote sensors, global change, climate change, air pollution, biogenic emissions of volatile organic compounds or structure and functioning of terrestrial plant ecosystems.
The Government created the Ramon Margalef Award in Ecology in 2004 to recognise those around the world who have distinguished themselves in the field of ecological science. The award pays tribute to the memory of Professor Ramon Margalef (Barcelona, 1919-2004), who conducted top level intellectual scientific work in the field of modern ecology, to the point of being considered one of its greatest exponents worldwide.
The Award has previously been given to the scientists: Paul Dayton, John Lawton, Harold Mooney, Daniel Pauly, Paul Ehrlich, Simon Levin, Juan Carlos Castilla, Daniel Simberloff, Sallie Chisholm, David Tilman and, last year, Robert E. Ricklefs.
The award pays tribute to the memory of Professor Ramon Margalef, considered one of the greatest exponents of ecology worldwide