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2012. Daniel Simberloff

American biologist Daniel Simberloff wins the Premi Ramon Margalef on Ecology 2012

Simberloff is considered one of the major scientists in the study of invasive species and their impact on the loss of diversity

The Jury of the Premi Ramon Margalef has decided to award the American Professor Daniel Simberloff "because his contributions to the observation and theoretical analysis of the structure and dynamics of ecological communities, and for the application of these studies to conservation biology". This year 2012 27 candidatures have been proposed, through university institutions, superior schools, research centers, scientific academies or with science divisions, by persons who have been awarded the Prize in previous years or by persons who have been members of the Jury or persons with an acknowledged prestige in the field of ecology.

Daniel Simberloff (Wilson Borough, Pennsylvania, 1942) received his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University in 1968, and worked with Edward O. Wilson on the evaluation of the theory of island biogeography. Iconoclastic ecologist, he is considered one of the most important scientists in the study of invasive species and their impact on the loss of diversity. His work has helped to understand the world we live in and the ways we can take care of.

The Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia was created in 2004 by the Catalan Government to recognize people all over the world who have distinguished exceptionally in the field of ecological science. The award honours the memory of Professor Ramon Margalef (Barcelona, 1919-2004), who made a decisive contribution to establishing modern ecological science, to the point where he is regarded as one of the world's leading figures in the field.

The President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Mr. Artur Mas, has delivered the Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia 2012 to Professor Simberloff during a ceremony in the Palace of the Generalitat, in Barcelona, Monday October 29, at 7.30pm.

Daniel Simberloff