10 September 2018

Congratulations to TBA Director, Rosie Trevelyan, and TBA alumnus Dr Chabi Adéyèmi Marc Sylvestre Djagoun, who have both received British Ecological Society (BES) awards, recognising distinguished ecologists whose work has benefited the scientific community and society in general.

Dr Trevelyan is the 2018 Equality and Diversity Champion, a BES award given annually to an individual or group who has made innovative contributions to enhancing the practice of equality and diversity in the ecological community.

Dr Chabi Adéyèmi Marc Sylvestre Djagoun, from the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin, is the first recipient of the Marsh Award for Ecologists in Africa. This new award, provided by the Marsh Christian Trust and administered by the BES, is to recognise an outstanding current research record, largely completed in Africa, which is having a significant impact on the development of the science of ecology or its application.

Dr Djagoun joined a TBA field course in Kirindy in 2009 (standing third from right, in the red shirt, in the photograph), after which he did his Masters. He went on to do a PhD in Wildlife Conservation Ecology, which he completed in 2013. He is regularly in touch with the TBA and is curently passing on his TBA knowledge as a lecturer at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.

His research has led to more than 20 peer-reviewed published articles (both as first author and co-author), including recent work on the recent discovery of a lineage of grey wolf in North-East Africa.

In announcing the awards, BES President, Professor Richard Bardgett, said: “Our annual awards honour exceptional ecologists across all career stages, recognising their contributions to advancing and communicating ecological knowledge. I would like to congratulate all winners for their impressive accomplishments.”

The winners will receive their prizes during a ceremony held at the Society’s annual conference in December, which will bring together 1,200 ecologists from around 60 countries to discuss the latest advances in ecological research across the whole discipline.

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