Navigation Links
Smithsonian scientists receive coveted BBVA Ecology and Conservation Award
Date:1/30/2009

Outstanding leaders in tropical biology and conservation, William F. Laurance, senior staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Thomas E. Lovejoy, research associate at the Institute and Biodiversity Chair at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, have won the coveted 2008 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology, announced on 30 Jan. 2009 in Madrid, Spain.

The pair received the award for their contributions toward understanding the consequences of habitat fragmentation and the impacts of global change on tropical forests, and for the development of fundamental political strategies to stem the tide of tropical deforestation.

"Laurance and Lovejoy, a dynamic scientific team, promote conservation research in imperiled tropical forests in the Amazon and worldwide, catalyzing the efforts of countless others to achieve conservation goals," said Cristin Samper, director of the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History, who nominated them. "Their clear communication of research priorities and findings inspires decision-makers and the broader public to establish and conserve the large, interconnected forest reserves vital to life-supporting ecological processes at both local and global scales."

Nearly three decades ago, Lovejoy convinced the Brazilian government to support the establishment of the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP) in central Amazonia. Today, the project, managed by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Brazil's National Institute of Amazon Research, INPA, continues to supply direct scientific evidence that small patches of forest do not sustain the same diversity of plants and animals as do larger patches and to elucidate the processes leading to the demise of fragmented forests.

Laurance and Lovejoy also work tirelessly to promote training of Amazonian students and conservation professionals, and are actively engaged in ongoing conservation efforts in the region. In 2001 Laurance led an effort to project the future condition of forests in Brazilian Amazonia, which led to widespread international alarm about planned road-building projects for the region.

"Our work would not have been possible without close collaboration with scientists and government officials in Brazil, across Latin America and in other countries," said Lovejoy.

The project and affiliated researchers, students, and visiting scientists have produced over 520 technical and popular publicationsmany of which were authored or co-authored by Laurance and Lovejoyas well as 55 doctoral dissertations, and 63 masters theses. Among these are more than twenty articles published in the leading journals Science and Nature, and eight major edited books, including such seminal works as Tropical Forest Remnants by William Laurance and Richard Bierregaard, Lessons from Amazonia by Richard Bierregaard, Thomas Lovejoy, and others, Climate Change and Biodiversity by Thomas Lovejoy and Lee Hannah, and Emerging Threats to Tropical Forests by William Laurance and Carlos Peres.

Finally, Lovejoy and Laurance have initiated and promoted some of the most important and creative conservation initiatives in Amazonia and elsewhere in the tropics, such as the debt-for-nature swaps promoted by Lovejoy, which have become models for tropical forest management and international conservation programs across the planet.


'/>"/>

Contact: Beth King
kingb@si.edu
703-487-3770 x8216
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. New movement models tested at the Smithsonian in Panama
2. Smithsonian puts tropical eastern Pacific shore fishes online
3. Smithsonian puts tropical Eastern-Pacific shore fishes online
4. Smithsonian perspective: Biodiversity in a warmer world
5. Smithsonian scientists discover new bird species
6. Smithsonian hosts tropical extinction debate in Panama
7. Experts to provide peek of Smithsonian soils exhibit
8. Smithsonian coral biodiversity survey of Panamas Pearl Islands
9. Male bird at Smithsonians National Zoo has special reason to celebrate Fathers Day
10. Smithsonian scientist receives 2008 Medal for Excellence in tropical botany
11. Smithsonian scientists find evidence that could rewrite Hawaiis botanical history
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/16/2017)... -- Veratad Technologies, LLC ( www.veratad.com ), an innovative and ... solutions, announced today they will participate as a sponsor ... May 17, 2017, in Washington D.C.,s ... Identity impacts the lives of billions of ... digital world, defining identity is critical to nearly every ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... -- Janice Kephart , former 9/11 Commission ... LLP (IdSP) , today issues the following statement: ... 6, 2017 Executive Order: Protecting the Nation ... instilled with greater confidence, enabling the reactivation of ... are suspended by until at least July 2017). ...
(Date:4/17/2017)... , April 17, 2017 NXT-ID, Inc. ... company, announces the filing of its 2016 Annual Report on Form ... Exchange Commission. ... Form 10-K is available in the Investor Relations section of the ... on the SEC,s website at http://www.sec.gov . 2016 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/11/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 11, 2017 , ... A staple ... campaign this month that will incorporate important key elements including a new digital marketing ... community that has supported them, Bill Miller has partnered with the South Texas Blood ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... Warsaw, Indiana (PRWEB) , ... August 09, 2017 ... ... is equipped to help the agriculture industry reach its ideal customers with the ... across the nation. , “As a Midwest company, we realize how crucial the ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... , ... August 09, 2017 , ... Each year in ... never recover well enough to live an independent lifestyle and, even worse, the one-year ... new discovery by doctors at the University of California Davis Medical Center (Sacramento) and ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... ... 10, 2017 , ... DrugDev and the Society for Clinical ... how Good Clinical Practice (GCP) can be used throughout the site activation process with ... the importance of GCP compliance, how sites are affected by GCP during selection and ...
Breaking Biology Technology: