2021 SCB Graduate Student Research Award Winners

The Society will award ten graduate students with $1,000 fellowships this month to carry out field research on their topic area in conservation.

This year’s winners were selected from an applicant pool of 66 students, from all SCB Sections, whose projects ranged from improving our knowledge about drivers of biodiversity loss to strategies for restoration and management.

“The judging panel felt very excited about the projects submitted this year, which included approaches from the biological and social sciences. Unfortunately, a final decision had to be made to choose this year’s awardees, so we encourage those who were not selected this year to continue their important work”, SCB Board Member and Awards Committee Chair, Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao said. “This cohort of awardees represents projects at the forefront of conservation science with great potential for having an impact on conservation practice.” 

The Graduate Student Research Fellowship Program is in its fifth year and is supported by Wiley, the publisher of SCB journals Conservation BiologyConservation Letters and Conservation Science & Practice.

“The projects do not only focus on a wide range of themes, but also on a wide range of dimensions within the biodiversity spectrum, from genes to ecosystems, including taxa of high conservation concern, such as the reticulated giraffe, and biodiversity hotspots, such as the Yucatan peninsula,” Eduardo said.  “We wish all awardees a successful completion of their projects and look forward to seeing their outcomes”.

Congratulations to the winners:

Abdul Wahid Arimiyaw, Ghana; Jordanna Bergman, Canada; Fotsing Ernest Dadis Bush, Cameroon; Alberto Campos, Canada; Tara Easter, USA; Presley Gitari, UK; Owino Otieno Raymond, Kenya; Sophia Winkler-Schor, USA; Delfina Sotorres, Argentina; Yuval Zukerman, Israel.