Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation

This Award is run in partnership with the Zoological Society of London and recognises an individual for his or her contributions of fundamental science to the conservation of marine and freshwater ecosystems.

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 David Bilton

David Bilton, pictured right, is an exceptional researcher who carries out a great amount of teaching at Plymouth University, and works very hard for the conservation community.

Davidís research has been largely devoted to science underpinning conservation. He has a wide range of interests covering many groups of animals, including seabirds, aquatic bugs, woodlice, marine invertebrates and small mammals. His approaches include conventional and molecular taxonomy, ecophysiology, macroecology, population genetics and climate change.

It is Davidís expertise and specialism in water beetles, however, that really mark him out as a significant figure in biological conservation. His papers are increasingly becoming cited by his peers. This was the case with his paper on the geographical ranges of European Dytiscidae (the diving water beetle) which was the highest cited paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology for 2010.

Through his research, David has made some important contributions to aquatic conservation. For instance, he has made novel and distinctive contributions to the debate about the ecological effects of climate change on aquatic animals, based on fundamental principles of ecophysiology and the solubility of oxygen.


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