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.

(2016 Awards were presented in 2017)

The 2016 winner is Richard Griffiths

Richard’s research and policy outputs span the breadth and depth of amphibian conservation issues, including habitat loss, infectious diseases, reintroduction, invasive species and the amphibian trade. He has run long-term amphibian population and community monitoring projects, working with researchers, wildlife managers, zoo staff, policy makers and government agencies in a number of countries.

Richard’s influences stretches across his numerous roles on national and international bodies at the centre of amphibian conservation research. He sits on the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Herpetology, chairs the International Herpetological Committee, is the President of the British Herpetological Society and is a Trustee of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Graduate students who have been taught by Richard have gone on to populate amphibian and reptile conservation organisations across the globe. They are committed to conservation which is grounded in scientific evidence.

Richard typically stays out of the limelight, despite his influence in the field, and instead seeks to promote the careers of his students, colleagues and collaborators. He is selfless, helpful and generous, and through his manner and example sets the standard for amphibian conservationists.


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