CEED’s Associate Professor Kerrie Wilson has been awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious science awards – the Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year (as part of the this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science).
University of Queensland’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said Dr Wilson’s research built connections between ecosystems, governments and people. “Kerrie is one of UQ’s rising stars and her work epitomises our focus at UQ – to create change in the world,” says Professor Høj.
Of course, CEED is just as proud of Kerrie and her accomplishments. Working with her colleagues at CEED she has been an important legacy for better environmental decision making. Kerrie and her team have generated an impressive series of more than 120 papers with about 7,000 citations. Just as importantly, her work with CEED is connecting global leaders in environmental decision science.
The award is open to all disciplines in the life sciences from biomedical research through to ecology. Dr Jane Elith took the gong in 2015 and Kerrie in 2016. Both have worked part-time for much of their careers revealing a greater acceptance of diversity in the sciences and of the multiple pathways that can lead to successful and fulfilling careers.
“The award not only recognises CEED’s significant contribution to Australia’s goals by demonstrating scientific excellence, but also to our contribution to delivering innovative solutions to addressing the loss of biodiversity” says Kerrie.