Marsh Ecology Award

The Marsh Ecology Award is run in association with the British Ecological Society to recognise outstanding achievements and contributions to the science of ecology. The Award has been awarded annually since 1996.

Ecology’s purpose is to provide knowledge about the way the world works and provide evidence on the interdependence between the natural world and people. Never before has ecology been more important. A better understanding of ecological systems will allow society to predict the consequences of human activity on the environment.

Established in 1913 by professional ecologists, the British Ecological Society (BES) promotes and fosters the study of ecology in its widest sense. The BES is well placed to support areas of excellence and most need within the field of ecology and over the past 100 years has developed and supported activities to do this.

The 2016 winner is Professor Lynne Boddy

Lynne Boddy began her academic career at Exeter University as an undergraduate, before obtaining a PhD from Queen Mary College in London and becoming a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Bath. She is now a Professor of Mycology at Cardiff University, where she lectures and researches on the topic of fungal ecology.

Her real passion is the ecology of wood decay fungi, in particular how fungal communities develop, how mycelia forage for new resources and how the remodel the architecture of the networks they form in forest soils, how they respond to other soil organisms and how their ecology is altering as the world changes. Over 40 years she has written prolifically about these topics, as along with around 250 scientific papers Lynne has co-authored two books and edited five others. She is also the chief editor of the journal Fungal Ecology.

Lynne served as President of the British Mycological Society (BMS) from 2009-2010, and has been a member of the British Ecological Society for nearly 40 years. She takes every opportunity to spread the importance of the work of both societies to the general public, including taking part in 2016 Soap Box Science – a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the work they do. She produced a gold medal winning display on the role of fungi at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2009 along with her colleagues at the BMS and had a major role in formulating the ‘From Another Kingdom’ exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2010 (which is currently at the National Botanic Garden of Wales), as well as co-editing the companion book for the exhibition, “From Another Kingdom: the Amazing World of Fungi”.


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