Scientists Honored by Society for Conservation Biology at 2009 Annual Meeting

NEW YORK (AUGUST 6, 2009) Three Wildlife Conservation Society scientists were honored during the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology(SCB), in Beijing, China held from July 11-16, 2009. The SCB is an international professional organization with over 12,000 members dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving the Earth's biological diversity. Each year, the SCB presents distinguished awards in recognition of outstanding individual achievement in the conservation field.

The Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award is given to an individual who has been a leader in translating principles of conservation biology into real-world conservation practice. This year, Dr. Joel Berger of WCS was presented with the award for his extraordinary leadership working in conservation of migration corridors and in the study of predator-prey dynamics in Africa, Asia and North America.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals, groups, or institutions whose work has furthered the mission of the SCB. This year, WCS Senior Conservation Scientist Dr. George Schaller was presented with this award for his extraordinary contributions to the conservation of many of the world's most iconic and endangered species through his leadership in field research and applied conservation.

Dr. Aili Kang of WCS in China, was presented the award for Early Career Conservationist. Dr. Kang’s work focuses on medium to large sized mammals, primarily in the Chinese and Tibetan steppe, such as Marco Polo sheep, yak, saiga, and Przewalski's gazelle. Her work has already had a significant positive impact on the conservation of these and other species.

In response to the honors bestowed upon the scientists, WCS’s Executive Vice President of Conservation and Science Dr. John Robinson said, “WCS couldn’t be prouder of the dedication and accomplishments of these fine scientists and we’re grateful to the Society for Conservation Biology for calling attention to their efforts. It’s a real compliment to our organization and to the awardees.”


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