Marsh Ecology Award

The Marsh Ecology Award is run in association with the British Ecological Society to recognise outstanding achievements and contributions to the science of ecology. The Award has been awarded annually since 1996.

Ecology’s purpose is to provide knowledge about the way the world works and provide evidence on the interdependence between the natural world and people. Never before has ecology been more important. A better understanding of ecological systems will allow society to predict the consequences of human activity on the environment.

Established in 1913 by professional ecologists, the British Ecological Society (BES) promotes and fosters the study of ecology in its widest sense. The BES is well placed to support areas of excellence and most need within the field of ecology and over the past 100 years has developed and supported activities to do this.

The 2013 winner is Professor Kevin Gaston

Professor Kevin Gaston, Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Exeter, is one of the most prolific and highly cited ecologists world-wide and the author of hundreds of publications and many books. Google Scholar lists over 600 publications, 37,000 citations and an H-index of 100! He is particularly well-known for his pioneering work on macroecology, spatial patterns in abundance and the underlying causes of rarity, and more recently for his work on urban ecosystems and issues associated with these, such as human-wildlife interactions and the impacts of light pollution. This novel interdisciplinary research is continuing following Kevin's appointment as Director of as a new multi-disciplinary centre at the University of Exeter, the Environment and Sustainability Institute which is pioneering research into improving the relationships between people and their environment. Through his exceptionally prolific research outputs, his contribution to the development of these new research areas and his international standing, Kevin is thoroughly deserving of the Marsh Award for Ecology.

Pictured right: Professor Kevin Gaston


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