Arnold Berliner Award 2019 goes to Martin Nyffeler

Swiss scientist is honored for his work on the global predation impact of insectivorous birds.

Une mésange bleue nourrit son petit avec une larve de coléoptère
Image: Universität Basel/Maurice Baker

This year’s recipient of the Arnold Berliner Award​​​​​​​ is Martin Nyffeler of the University of Basel in Switzerland, who will be honored for his article published in Springer’s multidisciplinary journal, The Science of Nature. In his paper, Nyffeler and his two co-authors, Çağan H. Şekercioğlu and Christopher J. Whelan, used calculations to quantify and highlight the important ecological role of insectivorous birds in consuming herbivorous insects and other arthropods. The data gathered in the article are invaluable for the fields of conservation management and impact policy.

The Arnold Berliner Award was established in 2013 in recognition of the journal’s founding editor and is given to the principal author of an outstanding scholarly work published in The Science of Nature in the previous calendar year.


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