Ornithologist J. Drew Lanham wins 2020 E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Award
J. Drew Lanham, a Clemson University ornithologist that has actually functioned to make preservation scientific research extra engaging, pertinent and also comprehensive, is the 2020 recipient of the Center for Biological Diversity’s yearly E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation.
“We’re thrilled to offer this honor toDr Lanham for his enthusiasm and also imagination in the battle to secure the wild animals we share the Earth with,” claimed Kier án Suckling, the Center’s exec supervisor. “By subjecting just how bigotry and also the misuse of nature originate from an usual core,Dr Lanham is lighting the course towards a more secure and also even more simply globe for individuals and also wild animals alike.”
Lanham is a recognized teacher and also master instructor of wild animals ecology at Clemson, where he’s shown training courses in timberland ecology, preservation biology, woodland biodiversity, wild animals plan, and also preservation ornithology and also nature writing for 25 years. He is the poet laureate of Edgefield County, South Carolina.
Lanham is additionally an ornithologist, writer and also protestor. His job concentrates on making preservation scientific research pertinent in an expressive, easy to understand means and also discovering just how society and also ethnic prisms influence understandings of nature and also its treatment.
” I praiseDr Lanham and also thank him for his job to mix scientific research, art, and also racial justice to development biodiversity defense,” claimed E.O. Wilson, the honor’s name. “His job to make preservation extra easy to understand and also comprehensive is essential to finishing the termination dilemma.”
A popular birder, Lanham makes use of talking and also blogging about birding as a motivational lorry for attaching individuals to the outdoors. He has actually invested years composing and also mentioning the experience of Black birders and also has actually authored various essays on the links in between bigotry and also termination, constantly functioning to make preservation extra comprehensive.
” E.O. Wilson has actually long been a hero and also coach of mine. I am recognized to approve this honor and also humbly so. I’m thankful to have the possibility to talk in behalf of nature and also the essential merging of society as a way to expand and also grow the preservation discussion,” Lanham claimed.
Award is a handmade steel ant sculpture
The Center for Biological Diversity provides the E.O. Wilson Award each year to a researcher that has actually made a superior payment to preservation. It is called after distinguished researcher Edward O. Wilson of Harvard University, called “the papa of biodiversity.” Wilson’s occupation has actually concentrated on motivating individuals to recognize and also secure plant and also pet variety worldwide, and also he is the globe’s leading authority on ants.
The E.O Wilson Award contains a handmade steel ant sculpture by Anne Bujold, seeing assistant teacher in sculpture for the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, in addition to a $1,000 prize money.
The 5 previous receivers of the honor were Rebecca Hernandez for progressing lasting renewable resource; the late Lincoln Brower for queen butterfly preservation; Aradhna Tripati for groundbreaking study on environment modification; Tyrone Hayes for guarding individuals and also wild animals from chemicals; and also the late James Deacon for safeguarding freshwater types.
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