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The University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute is now accepting nominations for individuals or groups that have demonstrated exemplary dedication to advancing biodiversity science and conservation in the state. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 20.
Since 2013, UW’s Biodiversity Institute has recognized Wyoming individuals who have made it their life’s work to improve knowledge and conservation of the Cowboy State’s biodiversity through Biodiversity Contributions Awards.
“The Biodiversity Institute is proud to honor individuals and groups whose career-long dedication has enriched Wyoming’s biodiversity and its conservation,” says Brent Ewers, Biodiversity Institute director. “Through these awards, we celebrate the legacy of these individuals who shape the future of biodiversity and conservation in our state.”
The awards are divided into two distinguished categories:
-- The Biodiversity Science Award recognizes individuals or groups that have made significant contributions to biodiversity science in Wyoming.
-- The Biodiversity Conservation Award honors those who have demonstrated notable efforts to enhance biodiversity conservation within the state.
Submitters may nominate multiple individuals, but each nomination must be entered through a separate nomination packet. The nomination must include a cover form; a description of the nominee’s career, emphasizing the individual’s or group’s contributions to biodiversity science, management, conservation or public education in Wyoming; and justification for why the individual/team/organization deserves the award. One letter of support and contact information for an additional reference also must be included.
Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of experts, and awardees will be announced by mid-January. An awards ceremony and banquet are scheduled for February at the UW Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.
To submit a nomination or for additional information, visit www.wyomingbiodiversity.org/index.php/outreach/contributions-award.
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Richard Baldes accepting the Biodiversity Conservation Award in 2015.