Australian researchers win global award
Two members of the local Earthwatch research community are among only five scientists worldwide to receive the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Conservation Biology.
The Award is presented to organisations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the science and practice of conserving the Earth’s biological diversity.
Marine ecologist and Earthwatch Science Advisory Committee member Prof. Helene Marsh (JCU) was honoured for her extraordinary contribution to conservation research, teaching and conservation policy in Australia, Asia and beyond, particularly concerning conservation of dugongs.
Landscape ecologist Dr David Lindenmayer (ANU), Principal Investigator of Earthwatch’s Forest Marsupials project in Victoria’s Central Highlands, was recognised for his outstanding contribution to research and policy, particularly in relation to conservation outreach – bringing together scientists, governments and local communities to promote forest biodiversity.
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Service Award include Sir David Attenborough and renowned biologist E.O. Wilson as well as present and past Earthwatch Australia Board members Prof. Mark Burgman and Dr Denis Saunders.