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.

(2014 Awards were presented in 2015)

The 2014 winner is Heather Koldewey

Heather started working for ZSL in 1995, initially as a research scientist, then as curator of the ZSL London Zoo Aquarium, and she currently heads ZSL’s Global Conservation Programmes.

Heather’s work is truly interdisciplinary, and her research sits at the interface between communities and environment. She has made a real impact in many areas, including important reef and open-ocean work in Chagos in the Indian Ocean; the conservation of threatened species, as co-founder of Project Seahorse; and ecosystem management, particularly mangroves.

Heather was instrumental in making the case for the creation of the Marine Protected Area in Chagos, and she led ZSL’s involvement in a collaboration that resulted in the UK government’s decision to establish the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands in March this year. Her activities have spread far and wide in recent years and she is a leading player in a number of marine conservation initiatives.

Pictured: Heather Koldewey holding a beach forest tree


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