The Behler Award for Freshwater Turtle Conservation

31 August 2006 | News story

Dr Edward O. Moll, a life-long turtle researcher and conservationist, is the first recipient of the Behler Award, a new and major annual award jointly presented by the IUCN Turtle Survival Alliance and IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, to honour leadership and excellence in the field of turtle and tortoise conservation.

The first honoree to receive the Behler Award, Edward Moll has a lifetime of achievements in turtle conservation, and was the first Chair of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group from 1981 to 1985. His work and leadership in the field have been inspirational and ground-breaking. The biology and conservation of tropical river turtles has been an important part of his research interests, and fieldwork over a 30 year period has taken him to Mexico, Central and South America as well as India. His work on Critically Endangered river terrapins in Malaysia has been of particular importance. He is also the author of 75 scientific and popular publications.

Named in honour of the late John Behler, a leading herpetologist and previous Chair of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, the first annual Behler Award was presented at the 4th Annual Symposium on Conservation and Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises held in St. Louis, Missouri 10-13 August 2006.

The Award was presented jointly by the IUCN Turtle Survival Alliance and IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and includes an honorarium of $3000. Co-sponsoring organizations for the first annual award were Chelonian Research Foundation, Conservation International, Chelonian Research Institute, John L. Behler Chelonian Conservation Center, World Chelonian Trust, and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

In addition to recognizing the life-time achievements of leading turtle and tortoise conservationists, the Behler Award also plans to honour the current conservation efforts of mid-career individuals whose often tireless and dedicated efforts are making major contributions in the field.

Read more about IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Specialist Group
IUCN SSC Turtle Survival Alliance

For more information contact:

Andrew McMullin, IUCN Species Programme Communications Officer
Tel: +41 (0)22 999 0153
Email: mcmullina@iucn.org


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