Best Student Paper Award

The IMPRS Best Student Paper is awarded annualy during our "Grand Challenges in ... Symposium". With this award the IMPRS for Organismal Biology honours its doctoral candidates with the best scientific publications. The best publications are identified by the IMPRS Board and are awarded with a 200€ travel budget.

Requirements for participation are:

  • the IMPRS fellow has to be first author,
  • the publication has to be published or accepted within the last 12 months prior application deadline in a peer-review journal, and
  • the publication has to originate from the doctoral work (not from a former Master etc. project)!


Chimento M, Alarcon-Nieto G, Aplin L. 2021. "Population turnover facilitates cultural selection for efficiency in birds". Current Biology 31 (11)

Malkoc K, Casagrande S, Hau M. 2021. "Inferring Whole-Organism Metabolic Rate From Red Blood Cells in Birds". Frontiers in Physiology 12

Mouchet A, Cole EF, Matthysen E, et. al. 2021. "Heterogeneous selection on exploration behavior within and among West European populations of a passerine bird". PNAS 118 (28)


Beleyur T, Goerlitz H.R. 2019. "Modeling active sensing reveals echo detection even in large groups of bats." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116 (52)

Pei Y, Forstmeier W, Kempenaers B. 2020. "Offspring performance is well buffered against stress experienced by ancestors." Evolution 74 (7)

Papageorgiou D, Christensen C, Gall G.E.C. et al. 2019. "The multilevel society of a small-brained bird." Current Biology 29


Scacco M, Flack A, Duriez O, Wikelski M and Safi K. 2019. "Static landscape features predict uplift locations for soaring birds across Europe." Royal Society Open Science 6(1): 181440.

Sridhar VH, Roche DG and Gingins S. 2019. "Tracktor: Image-based automated tracking of animal movement and behaviour." Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10(6):815-820.

Zhang Z and van Kleunen M. 2019. "Common alien plants are more competitive than rare natives but not than common natives." Ecology Letters 22(9): 1378-1386.


Nicolas M. Adreani, Wolfgang Goymann, Lucia Mentesana. 2018. "Not one hormone or another: Aggression differentially affects progesterone and testosterone in a South American ovenbird." Hormones and Behavior 105:104-109.

Eva M. Malecore et al. 2018. "Non-linear effects of phylogenetic distance on early-stage establishment of experimentally introduced plants in grassland communities". Journal of Ecology

Ignas Safari & Wolfgang Goymann. 2018. "Certainty of paternity in two coucal species with divergent sex roles: the devil takes the hindmost." BMC Evolutionary Biology. 18:110


Javier Lazaro, Dina K. N. Dechmann, Scott LaPoint + Martin Wikelski, Moritz Hertel. 2017. Profound reversible seasonal changes of individual skull size in a mammal. Current Biology  27(20): R1106-R1107.

Stephen DJ Lang + Damien R Farine. 2017. A multidimensional framework for studying social predation strategies. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 1(9): 1230-1239.

Daiping Wang, Wolfgang Forstmeier + Bart Kempenaers. 2017. No mutual mate choice for quality in zebra finches: time to question a widely-held assumption. Evolution 71(11): 2661–2676.


Dorado-Correa AM, Rodríguez-Rocha M and Brumm H. 2016. Anthropogenic noise, but not artificial light levels predicts song behaviour in an equatorial bird. Open Science. 3(7): 160231. abstract

Raffini F, Fruciano C, Franchini P and Meyer A. 2016. Towards understanding the genetic basis of mouth asymmetry in the scale-eating cichlid Perissodus microlepis. Molecular Ecology. 26(1): 77-91. abstract

Santostefano F, Wilson AJ, Araya-Ajoy YG and Dingemanse NJ. 2016. Interacting with the enemy: indirect effects of personality on conspecific aggression in crickets. Behavioral Ecology. 27(4): 1235-1246. abstract


Knief U, Schielzeth H, Ellegren H, Kempenaers B and Forstmeier W. 2015. A prezygotic transmission distorter acting equally in female and male zebra finches Taeniopygia guttata. Molecular Ecology. 24(15): 3846-3859. abstract

Mortega K, Flinks H and Helm B. 2014. Behavioural response of a migratory songbird to geographic variation in song and morphology. Frontiers in Zoology. 11(1): 85. full article

Razanajatovo M, Föhr C, Fischer M, Prati D and Van Kleunen M. 2015. Non-naturalized alien plants receive fewer flower visits than naturalized and native plants in a Swiss botanical garden. Biological Conservation. 182: 109-116. full article


Luo J, Koselj K, Zsebők S, Siemers BM, Goerlitz HR. 2014. Global warming alters sound transmission: differential impact on the prey detection ability of echolocating bats. J. R. Soc. Interface 11:91 20130961 abstract

Schneider RF, Li Y, Meyer A, Gunter HM. 2014. Regulatory gene networks that shape the development of adaptive phenotypic plasticity in a cichlid fish. Molecular Ecology 23(18): 4511-4526. abstract

Villavicencio CP, Apfelbeck B, Goymann W. 2014. Parental care, loss of paternity and circulating levels of testosterone and corticosterone in a socially monogamous song bird. Frontiers in Zoology 11:11, doi:10.1186/1742-9994-11-11. abstract


Kirkerud NH, Wehmann HN, Galizia CG, Gustav D. 2013. APIS - a novel approach for conditioning honey bees. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 7: 29. full text

Miranda A C, Schielzeth H, Sonntag T and Partecke J. 2013. Urbanization and its effects on personality traits: a result of microevolution or phenotypic plasticity? Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12258 abstract

Stuber EF, Araya-Ajoy YG, Mathot KJ, Mutzel A, Nicolaus M, Wijmenga JJ, Mueller JC, Dingemanse NJ. 2013. Slow explorers take less risk: a problem of sampling bias in ecological studies. Behavioral Ecology 24: 1092-1098. abstract



First place
Bart Kranstauber for his publication: Kranstauber B, Kays R, LaPoint SD, Wikelski M, Safi K. 2012. A dynamic Brownian bridge movement model to estimate utilization distributions for heterogeneous animal movement. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 738-746. abstract

Second place
Malika Ihle for her publikation: Ihle M, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W. 2013. Does hatching failure breed infidelity? Behavioral Ecology 24: 119-127. abstract

Third place
Uli Knief for his publication: Knief U, Schielzeth H, Kempenaers B, Ellegren H, Forstmeier W. 2012. QTL and quantitative genetic analysis of beak morphology reveals patterns of standing genetic variation in an Estrildid finch. Molecular Ecology 21: 3704-3717. abstract


First place
Adam Fudickar for his publication: Fudickar AM, Wikelski M, Partecke J. 2012. Tracking migratory songbirds: accuracy of light level loggers (Geolocators) in forest habitats. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3: 47-52. abstract

Second place
Nathalie Feiner for her publication: Feiner N, Ericsson R, Meyer A, Kuraku S. 2011. Revisiting the origin of the vertebrate Hox14 by including its relict sarcopterygian members. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 316B:515-525. abstract

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