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Leading conservation scientists awarded prestigious 2010 Tyler Environmental Prize
Date:4/1/2010

rt Pimm, an expert on the science of extinction, is a leading conservation scientist whose influential work on food webs created a forum for understanding how losses in species diversity at one level could impact other levels of an ecological community. As one of the most cited scientists in conservation biology, Pimm has conducted research in many of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots and has helped solve some of the most difficult problems facing conservation today. He has been involved in the restoration of the Florida Everglades, the reintroduction of the Guam Rail (a native Guam bird) to the wild, and worked to save many other critically endangered species in the USA and elsewhere.

He has written a highly influential book on conservation theory, "The Balance of Nature," and also developed a metric for extinction ratesusing remote sensing technologies to model endangered populations. This tool allows scientists to develop a "roadmap" of next steps in conservation efforts. This "map" shows us that while past extinctions occurred mostly on islands, future extinctions will occur mostly on continents.

Stuart Pimm has a long career in conservation research, teaching and public policy, and when Pimm's colleagues refer to his work, they frequently cite its influence as well as its substance. In his letter of nomination for the Tyler Prize, Edward O. Wilson, an emeritus Harvard University professor and himself a Tyler Laureate, said Pimm's achievements "serve as an environmental conservation template."


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