Aberdeen academics recognised by ZSL for contribution to science and conservation

Two University of Aberdeen Professors were recognised for their outstanding contribution to science and conservation at an award ceremony last night (Tuesday, June 21).

Professors Stephen Redpath and Paul Thompson were both honoured at the ZSL (Zoological Society of London) awards, which recognises outstanding achievements in conservation and zoological research through its annual presentation of awards and prizes.

Professor Thompson was awarded the Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation, which is presented for contributions of fundamental science and its application to conservation in marine and/or freshwater ecosystems. Paul is a distinguished marine-conservation scientist, with a research focus on how environmental change and human disturbance affect seabird and marine-mammal populations.

Professor Redpath received the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology. Steve’s research focuses on long-term and large-scale field systems, and uses experiments to tease out the impact of population processes and land use on individual behaviour, populations and communities. His current research is on conservation conflicts and, in particular, the challenge of coexistence between livelihoods and biodiversity conservation.

Geoff Boxshall FRS, Secretary of the Zoological Society of London, said: “Paul has made a profound difference to the conservation status of marine ecosystems in a collaborative way, providing expert advice and scientifically rigorous evidence. He is a very positive role model on how to get things done effectively in conservation, and of the merits of an evidence-based approach to policy. It is a pleasure to present Paul with this award.

“Steve's insights have massively influenced all those who work on human–wildlife conflict, and this award is appropriate recognition of his substantive track record of contributions in conservation biology.”

Professor Thompson said: “I am absolutely delighted to have received this award. It is an honour to be recognised by the ZSL, and this award wouldn’t be possible without all the colleagues I work alongside."

Professor Redpath added: “As a scientist it is extremely humbling to be recognised by the ZSL and I am thrilled that the society view my research worthy of one of their awards.”