Ecological Engagement Award for Sir Bob Watson
Monash Visiting Professor Sir Robert Watson has been awarded the 2015 Ecological Engagement Award by the British Ecological Society.
Given annually, the award recognises exceptional contributions in facilitating the use and understanding of ecology. Professor Watson is Director of Strategic Development at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia based in the UK. His work focuses on the study of climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services. He is vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services and a visiting professor at the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI).
MSI Chair Professor John Thwaites said Professor Watson played an important role in explaining biodiversity issues to the general public.
"Sir Bob has been able to explain the importance of ecology in plain English and a language that the general community is able to understand. He's brought to life difficult biodiversity issues and helped to demonstrate their importance to humans,” Professor Thwaites said.
Professor Watson is said to have made a significant impact on the study of climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services. He has been credited as raising the profile of ecology dramatically, particularly amongst policy makers.
“We're honoured to be able to facilitate the sharing of his global expertise with people in Australia and South East Asia through our Sustainable Development Goals project," Professor Thwaites said.