2023 SCB Graduate Student Research Award Winners

The Society is awarding 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 50 students, from all SCB regions, whose projects ranged from improving our knowledge about drivers of biodiversity loss to strategies for restoration and management. 

“The projects submitted this year were very exciting and competitive with many novel approaches, including equity and feminism. Unfortunately, a final decision had to be made to choose this year’s awardees, so those who were not selected this year are encouraged to continue their important work”, 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 scholarship and practice.”  

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

“The projects do not only concern a wide range of themes, but also a wide range of dimensions within the biodiversity spectrum. While some of the projects aim to evaluate conservation strategies, others focus on biodiversity conservation in private lands, including human-animal interactions and food production systems. Importantly, the projects address conservation needs of a range of taxa with high priority, such as the Northwest African Cheetah and the Radiated Tortoise” Eduardo said. “SCB wishes all awardees a successful completion of their projects and look forward to seeing their outcomes”.

Congratulations to the winners:

Erica Cseko Nolasco, Brazil; Carolina S. Ugarte, Chile; Mayuri Chopra, India; Ali Shams, Iran; Miora Mikoja Rambinintsoa, Madagascar; Tyler Nuckols, USA; Anderson Tate, USA; Pablo Javier Merlo, Argentina; Jasmin Willis, UK; Consolata Gathoni Gitau, Kenya.