John Woinarski, left, receives the Eureka Prize
for Biodiversity Research
Photo: Australian Museum
DARWIN scientist Dr John Woinarski has been awarded the 2001
Eureka Prize for Biodiversity Research.
This prize, sponsored by the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and
the Australian Museum, is one of Australia’s premier awards
for scientific research. John is principal research scientist with
the Parks & Wildlife Commission and a research project leader
with the Tropical Savannas CRC.
His award recognises more than 10 years of outstanding research
examining the distribution and status of animals and plants in
northern Australia, the response of this wildlife to land use and
management, and conservation issues in northern Australia
Professor Henry Nix, from the Australian National University,
said that few Australian ecologists could match the range, scope
and depth of John’s contributions to our understanding of
biodiversity. John said that he was delighted to win the award, and
that it recognised the excellent work undertaken by the PWCNT and a
range of other agencies in the north.
“In Darwin, we now have a particularly productive
community of environmental research scientists,” he said.
“From Parks and Wildlife, CSIRO, the Tropical Savannas CRC
and the Key Centre for Tropical Wildlife Management at NTU, who do
work of national and international significance.”