Marsh Ecology Book of the Year Award

The Award, run in association with the British Ecological Society, is presented to the author of the best written work on ecology during the year.

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 Brian Moss- "Liberation ecology: the reconciliation of natural and human cultures"

Emeritus Professor Brian Moss has been one of the most influential freshwater ecologists in Europe during the past three decades and without doubt the world’s leading scientist on shallow-lake ecology. Much of his research extends well beyond lakes, for example his identification of alternative stable states, studies on trophic dynamics, and his work on climatic effects on lake ecology. As a teacher, he has been inspirational not only to his students and the very many fellow professionals who have come under his influence, but also to a much wider audience through his writing and public lectures.

One of Brian’s big passions is to get ecological thinking over to everyone; his “New Naturalist” account summarised the history and ecology of the Norfolk Broads is a masterpiece, factually accurate but made more enjoyable through Brian’s radical ecological thinking. Liberation Ecology is a further attempt to get ecology across in simple language. It is the book about “everything ecological” and Brian uses everything but scientific jargon to get his message across. Purist may not approve, but his use of non-scientific information derived from music, the arts, religion the Archers, literature and his mother-in-law’s washing line to get his point across reflects the ability of a true polymath.

Pictured above: Professor Brian Moss in the Norfolk broads


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