Marsh Award for Conservation Biology

Established in 1991, this Award is run in partnership with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and recognises an individual for his or her contributions of fundamental science to the conservation of animal species and habitats.

A ZSL judging panel, consisting of experts in the field, offer their knowledge and expertise to select an Award winner.

The Zoological Society of London is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

(2013 Awards were presented in 2014)

The 2013 winner is Dr Debbie Pain

Debbie Pain, pictured right, is Head of Conservation at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and was formerly Head of International Research at the RSPB.

Debbie has a passion for conserving rare and threatened species and has undertaken seminal scientific research to do so. Her specialism is in ecotoxicology, and particularly the effects of lead poisoning in wildlife. Her work on lead shot residues in the tissues of game has highlighted a potential hazard to human health. She has also carried out a major investigation into the environmental effects of the 1998 Doñana mining disaster and the impacts on birds and other wildlife of pesticide poisoning.

Debbie also has a strong interest in the conservation ecology of globally threatened species, and has led scientific investigations into the collapse of vulture populations in southern Asia, an ecological disaster that is now well on the way to being resolved thanks to her early lead. Her other research interests include the impacts of agriculture on birds, prioritising islands for predator eradication, climate change adaptation and the impacts of the bird trade on threatened parrots. A lengthy list of publications indicates her major contribution to conservation science in a number of fields.


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