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Cheetah conservation and structure of ecological communities are the focus of 2010 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement




Dr. Laurie Marker and Chewbaaka the cheetah
Dr. Laurie Marker and Chewbaaka the cheetah
Christophe Lepetit

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This week conservationists Laurie Marker, executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and Stuart Pimm, professor of conservation ecology at Duke University, are being awarded the 2010 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Marker is being recognized for her three decades of study of wild cheetahs and her work to protect them, and Pimm is being recognized for his research in ecological food webs, life spans and extinctions in specific populations. The prize, which is administered by USC, was established in 1973 by John and Alice Tyler and has become one of the premier awards for environmental science, health and energy.

Guests:

Laurie Marker, co-founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an international research organization based in Namibia.

Stuart Pimm, professor of conservation ecology at Duke University, and leader of the Pimm Group, an informal collective of students past and present, colleagues and technicians. He is the author of several books, including “A Scientist Audits the Earth.”