Sci Nat (2017) 104:62 DOI 10.1007/s00114-017-1485-1 EDITORIAL Sven Thatje Received: 23 June 2017 /Accepted: 25 June 2017 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017 The recipient of this year’s Arnold Berliner Award (Thatje meaning changes in the landscapes used. By changing its eco- 2013) is Mr. Deni Purwandana (Komodo Survival Program, logical niche preference, the Komodo dragon can exploit prey Bali, Indonesia, Fig. 1), in recognition of his research article across multiple trophic levels, avoids direct competition be- on the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis)published in tween lizard size classes, and optimises the use of limited The Science of Nature in 2016 (Purwandana et al. 2016). The resources in an island habitat. Given the observed changes study is a contribution to the Komodo Survival Program, a throughout ontogeny in this species, it is most likely that the long-term protection programme of this enigmatic lizard. larger Komodo dragons do possess a more efficient pattern of In his study, Purwandana and collaborators focused on on- energy use, as their hunting strategy is highly specialised. togenetic changes in feeding habits, including prey size, and The Arnold Berliner Award was established in recognition the use of landscape as part of the ecological niche in the of the
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Published: Jul 5, 2017
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