6/14/2012 1:06:26 PM

World's Top Animal Conservation Award Goes to PBI Scientist

We couldn't be more proud! Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, our chief scientist, has been selected from among a group of six outstanding finalists as the 2012 recipient of the Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation.

In announcing the award, the selection committee emphasized that hope that the iconic and endangered polar bear may survive is due in large part to Dr. Amstrup and his team, whose groundbreaking studies resulted in the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species because of global warming.

The committee also stated that Amstrup's three decades of polar bear research and unwavering conviction that solutions can and must be found are creating new optimism that polar bears can be saved from extinction. The award is in recognition of his life-long work.

The biennial Prize includes an unrestricted award of $100,000 and the Lily Medal, which will be presented at the Indianapolis Prize Gala ceremony presented by Cummins, Inc. on September 29, 2012, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis.

As a young scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, above, Amstrup solved the decades-old mystery of where Alaskan polar bears give birth to their young. This and other discoveries regarding the polar bear's dependence on the sea ice helped lead to the polar bear's designation as threatened, the first species--and the only species to date--to be listed on the basis of the threats posed by global warming.

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