Marsh Award for Ornithology

This Award is run in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and is available to an ornithologist who is making a significant contribution to the field.

Amongst other things, the Award considers the significance of the research undertaken so far, contributions to training and capacity building within ornithology, alignment with the BTO’s mission, and engagement with the wider ornithological community.

The 2016 winner is Professor Will Cresswell

Will Cresswell is Professor at the School of Biology at St Andrew’s University and researches the behavioural and conservation ecology of birds. He has strong links with BTO: his work on predation ecology has aided the interpretation of the long-term patterns seen in BTO monitoring data and his work on migrant birds merges well with BTO work on migrant birds wintering in Africa. Will has been an Editorial Board member of Bird Study (BTO’s publication) since 2001, a Council Member of the BTO from 2002 to 2005 and Editor of Bird Study from 2012 to 2015. Under his editorship, Bird Study made significant progress as a journal and largely increased its impact factor in the field. His organisational skills, research expertise and wider scientific understanding have been invaluable to BTO and his work as Editor on Bird Study went above and beyond what had been expected of him. Will is also a Trustee for the APLORI Foundation, helping to develop ornithological and conservation skills within West Africa. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and received the first BOU ‘Ibis’ Award in 2003 in recognition of his outstanding ornithological research. Will is an academic in the broadest sense and gives a great deal back to the wider academic community through his activities, setting a great example to early-career scientists.

Pictured: Professor Will Cresswell receiving his Award from Professor Dame Georgina Mace (top) and with his daughter on fieldwork in Cyprus looking at the first ever geolocator tag recovered from the endemic Cyprus Wheatear (bottom)


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