Thursday, 5 March 2009

2009 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2009 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation. These five individuals, representing Argentina, China, France and the United States, received this year’s Pew Marine Fellowship for their proposals to create marine protected areas in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean, reduce illegal poaching of marine wildlife in China, create an international coalition to protect penguin populations and develop multi-media stories to promote conservation of the Antarctic’s Ross Sea.

The 2009 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation awardees are:

· Wen Bo is Pacific Environment’s Beijing-based China Program co-director. His project is designed to address poaching and illegal trade of endangered marine species in East Asia by strengthening community-based conservation efforts.

· Pablo Garcia Borboroglu, Ph.D., is a researcher at the National Research Council of Argentina. Borboroglu will establish the “International Penguin Society,” a coalition designed to strengthen protection through sustainable management of the full range of penguin habitats.

· Matthieu Le Corre, Ph.D., is a lecturer at the University of RĂ©union Island in RĂ©union, France. LeCorre will study seabird foraging patterns to identify oceanic hotspots of biodiversity for the design of high-seas marine protected areas in the Indian Ocean.

· Fiorenza Micheli, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University. Micheli’s project will address management of existing and establishment of new marine protected areas in the Mediterranean through assessment of human threats to the marine ecosystems and their cumulative impacts on deep and shallow Mediterranean reefs.

· John Weller is a photographer and author whose work focuses on communicating the value of pristine places. Weller seeks to raise awareness of the Antarctic’s Ross Sea through the development of “Ocean Channels,” a web-based platform that integrates multi-media narratives with marine and ecosystem research.

The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation funds science and other projects that address critical challenges in the conservation of the sea. Each Fellow receives $150,000 to conduct a three-year conservation project. Since 1996, the Pew Fellowship Program in Marine Conservation has awarded 110 Fellowships to individuals from 29 countries.

Photographs and more information about each of the 2009 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation are available at http://www.pewmarinefellows.org/2009/