Winner’s story: Prayga Chalise, David Ouvrard and Diana Percy

Outstanding Paper for 2015 in Journal of Systematics and Biodiversity

This article is the result of a unique combination of efforts between two researchers from the Natural History Museum in London and one very motivated scientific collaborator…

Pragya_ChaliseWe are delighted and proud to win this Outstanding Paper prize from Systematics and Biodiversity for our paper analyzing global patterns of plant-insect associations. This article is the result of a unique combination of efforts between two researchers from the Natural History Museum in London and one very motivated scientific collaborator acting at that time as a volunteer in the museum.

This prize rewards years of efforts in compiling scientific data on psyllid taxonomy and associated host-plants from the literature, and highlights original methods of data analyses based both on phylogenetic and network analyses (derived from tools originally designed for social network analysis).

David_OuvrardWe hope that this prize will emphasize the importance of information systems
based on taxonomic expertise (unfortunately under current threat of extinction) for use in different fields of research and knowledge gaining in general.

Systematists have been accumulating and analyzing organismal data for more than two hundred fifty years, providing us with accurate and testable hypotheses. However, only a fraction of such hypotheses have subsequently been thoroughly studied and tested. This prize is a tribute to those who have taken the time to observe and describe our natural history, and to those who have studied and classified specimens, thereby Diana_Percyenhancing the priceless museum collections around the world and providing the groundwork for studies such as ours on global analyses of evolutionary patterns.

This prize will encourage us, and we hope others, to more deeply mine data from collections and literature, and will hopefully stimulate more integrative research in Sternorrhyncha.


Read their winning article Host-plant leaps versus host-plant shuffle: a global survey reveals contrasting patterns in an oligophagous insect group (Hemiptera, Psylloidea)

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