The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is excited to announce the winners of its 2018 regional service awards for outstanding contributions to biodiversity protection.Whether working to connect indigenous rights to resource management or developing software applications to support biodiversity conservation, SCB award winners work to bridge the gap between the science and practice of conserving Earth’s biodiversity.
- Simon Hedges for his work on the conservation and management of elephant populations, including the development of DNA monitoring methods.
- Atte Moilanen for developing ecologically-based computational methods that support solutions to land-use and resource allocation.
- Luis Miguel Renjifo for his work in the Neotropics on land-use change, capacity building and assessment of extinction risk.
- Victor Galvin for his work on coral reef conservation, restoration, and conservation outreach in the Dominican Republic.
- James Russell for his work on the eradication of invasive species on islands and his impact on conservation policy in New Zealand.
- Clingir Fatma Gozde for applying cutting-edge genomic methodologies to address conservation challenges of critically endangered turtles in Southeast Asia.
- Natalie Ban for her work advancing social-ecological research and the incorporation of human dimensions and indigenous rights and values in marine conservation planning and resource management.
- Nathan Bennett for his leadership in advancing the impact of conservation social science on policy. His research has provided critical insights into the role of indigenous people in conservation in Canada, the relationship between small-scale fishers and marine protected areas in Thailand and the Mediterranean Sea, and the effective and equitable governance of marine protected areas globally.
"I believe it is our responsibility as scientists and policy professionals to ensure that public policy at all levels is grounded in science. When provided the opportunity to link policy directly to emerging scientific understanding I leapt at the chance. When the notions of public service and science-driven policy became warped and desecrated by politicians, I resisted. In making these decisions I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me, many of whom were LaRoe awardees. Many thanks to the North America Section of SCB for this honor."