Dr. Mäggi Hieber Ruiz
Dr. Mäggi Hieber Ruiz
IMPRS Coordinator
Phone: +49 7531 88-4916
Fax: +49 7531 88-4917
Evi Fricke
Assistant to the Coordinator
Phone:+49 7531 88-4790Fax:+49 7531 88-4917

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 PhD 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 PhD candidate 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 PhD work (not from a former Master etc. project)!


The IMPRS Best Student Paper will be awarded during the Grand Challenges Symposium in October, 12-13. Deadline for submission is Aug 27, 2017!


The IMPRS board awarded three first place publications and congratulates Adriana Dorado-Correa, Francesca Raffini + Francesca Santostefano for their excellent publications:

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


The IMPRS board awarded three first place publications and congratulates Ulrich Knief, Kim Mortega and Mialy Razanajatovo for their excellent publications:

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


The IMPRS board awarded three first place publications and congratulates Jinhong Luo, Ralf Schneider and Camila Villavicencio for their excellent publications:

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


The IMPRS board awarded three first place publications and congratulates Nicholas Kirkerud, Catarina Miranda and Erica Stuber for their excellent publications, each with a 200€ travel budget:

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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