During the 111th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG), held in Greifswald, Germany from 10-15 September 2018, De Gruyter sponsored the Early Career Prize in Zoology, awarded to the two best poster submissions. The prize seeks to emphasize the importance of basic research for the discipline in the international scientific community.
The first prize was awarded to Marina Wolz of the University of Greifswald. Her poster, entitled ‘Latitudinal differences in life history traits of a rapidly range-expanding spider’ shows how global climate change can result in poleward range expansions of female orb-weaving spiders (Argiope bruennichi) and the subsequent impact on morphology and reproductive investment.
Sarah Hayer of the University of Kiel, Germany was awarded with the second prize. Her poster, ‘Museum collections – a time machine to the past’, dealt with the scientific importance of collections in natural history museums. These collections form the basis of taxonomically systematic and applied environment-related research by representing archives of life that provide answers to scientific questions such as how biodiversity changes in certain environments.
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