The Premi Ramon Margalef d’Ecologia recognises those persons from around the world distinguished in this field. The Generalitat Government has awarded the 2006 edition of this prize to British professor and researcher, John Hartley Lawton, an internationally-renowned leading ecologist. The Jury unanimously selected Professor Sir Lawton from amongst the 17 candidatures presented this year.
John Lawton, current President of the British Ecology Society, has authored more than 300 scientific articles and significantly contributed to the advancement of ecological sciences, always seeking ecological standards and regulations by using the most advanced tools. He has worked in a wide range of areas, such as the dynamics of populations and communities, interdependencies and interactions, biodiversity conservation, biological control in plants and animals and, more recently, he has studied the impact of global change on communities of organisms and sustainable development.
Lawton has contributed to the advancement of ecological sciences
Currently, Professor John Lawton is the President of the British Ecological Society (BES), a well-known, international charitable organisation founded in 1913 by various academics with a view to promoting and fostering the study of ecology in its broadest sense. The society is presently comprised of some 4.000 members in the United Kingdom and other countries. Lawton has significantly contributed to the advancement of ecological sciences. His first studies focused on ecological energy. He experimented and worked on models of predator-prey interactions in arthropods, and more generally, on community dynamics, before embarking on his most noted work on the interactions between plants and insects, and community structures. This work is based on biodiversity genesis and maintenance in one of the richest organism groups in the world, phytophagous insects. From this field of study, the interactions of herbivorous insects, he turned towards other important and original fields, such as the fractal dimension of plant surfaces, the concepts of "indirect competition" and "enemy-free space", induced protection in plants, and the biological control of plants and insects. More recently, he has focused his efforts on the impact of global changes in organism populations and communities.