Marsh European Lepidoptera Award

2012 - Christer Wiklund

Professor Wiklund (pictured right) is one of Europe’s senior, most prolific butterfly biologists. He has been Professor of Ecological Zoology, in the Department of Zoology, at Stockholm University, since 1986. Before that, he was an Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology, funded by the Swedish Natural Science Research Council (NFR).

Elected as member of the Royal Academy of Science (2000), he is also a current member of the Swedish Research Council’s Evaluation Panel for postdoctoral grants. He organised – together with his Stockholm colleagues – a very successful edition of the Congress of Butterfly Biology (1993) and has been an invited keynote speaker at several international conferences (e.g. Behavioural Ecology, Butterfly Biology).

Above all is his astonishing research contribution in butterfly ecology, behaviour, life history and evolution, which has the respect of all researchers in butterfly biology world-wide. His work includes field observations (including long time-series data), controlled, painstaking experiments in the laboratory and in outdoor flight cages, and also breeding experiments. His publications, in high ranking journals covering the broad field of evolutionary ecology, focus almost entirely on research on butterflies. This research has formed the foundation of our knowledge on life history strategies in butterflies, vital for conserving the butterfly fauna of Europe.

As one of the most highly respected academics in butterfly ecological and evolutionary research in the world, Professor Wiklund was the ideal recipient of this Award.


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