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Dr Mike Joy has been awarded an Ecology in Action award by the New Zealand Ecological Society.
The award, given annually, recognises his outstanding achievement in the practical application of ecology in New Zealand.
Dr Joy, a senior lecturer in ecology in the Institute of Natural Resources research focuses on modelling and predicting the biology of freshwater ecosystems.
Professor Doug Armstrong, who nominated him for the award, says Dr Joy has made a tremendous commitment to conservation advocacy via public talks, newspaper articles, radio and television interviews, and letters to politicians.
"Furthermore, because Mike's advocacy runs counter to the interests of resource users, and because he has been prepared to criticise government bodies, he has frequently been subject to undermining and abuse, so has presumably paid an emotional cost for his
efforts as well as a financial one."
Society spokesperson Shona Myers says Dr Joy is one of the more rare scientists who is a good communicator and advocate, who can get the message out about the importance of the indigenous biodiversity and the importance of protecting and restoring it.
"These messages are very important to communicate to the public and decision makers given the dramatic decline that biodiversity is showing nationally and internationally, due to impacts of human degradation, habitat loss and introduced pests."
Created: 28/08/2009 | Last updated: 21/10/2009
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