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.

(2014 Awards were presented in 2015)

The 2014 winner is Ben Collen

This year’s winner is Ben Collen of University College London, who is establishing himself as a distinguished scientist in the field of global conservation biology. Ben’s impressive publications list is testament to the influential nature of his research, both scientifically and in policy terms.

Ben led the work that resulted in the compilation of data that underlies the WWF Living Planet Index, which has recently been used to show that over 50% of global vertebrate populations have been lost since 1970. The results are based not only on a very comprehensive data set, but also on the sound conceptual and analytical bases that Ben designed and delivered for 8 years while he was at ZSL.

Ben has developed new approaches to designing and using biodiversity indicators, and these are being operationalised with numerous collaborators worldwide. Ben collaborates on a field study that is monitoring penguins in Antarctica, and is working to raise funding for other similar field studies. He has an exceptionally long and strong list of publications, including several papers in Nature and Science. However, what is truly exceptional is the impact of Ben’s work. He continually produces technically and conceptually excellent research with profound use for policy and society.

Pictured: Ben Collen in Orne Harbour


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