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.

(2016 Awards were presented in 2017)

The 2016 winner is Richard Thompson

Richard is a pioneering marine ecologist who is distinguished for his seminal research contributions bringing to the world’s attention the existence of microscopic plastics in the marine environment and for providing the first studies of the worldwide distribution, ecological effects and environmental impacts of microplastics on species and habitats.

Richard is widely regarded as the founder of this field of research, one that is growing fast internationally and which is also directly affecting policy. His fundamental advice and research has been game-changing in a marine conservation context and it has provided key scientific evidence that has contributed directly to UK legislation on single use carrier bags and on microbeads in cosmetics.


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