Rick Shine in Top 100 most influential people
11 December 2008
Professor Rick Shine, from the School of Biological Sciences, has been named in the top 100 most influential people in Sydney by the Sydney Morning Herald's the(sydney)magazine.
The list of Sydney's top 100 most influential people was released on 11 December 2008 in a special edition of the(sydney)magazine.
Dubbed 'The Protector' in the list, Professor Shine was selected for his research in reptile and amphibian evolutionary ecology. His most recent research on methods to control the impact of cane toads on native animals by introducing smaller less poisonous cane toads at invasion fronts, was particularly highlighted in his listing.
The panel also acknowledged Professor Shine's decades of research on snakes and his conservation and public communication efforts on reptiles and amphibians.
Professor Shine was selected by a panel of eight experts in the Science and Technology section of the list, including James Woodford (environment journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald), Deborah Smith (Sydney Morning Herald's science editor), Kathryn Ridge (environmental lawyer), Gerard Noonan (Sydney Morning Herald's previous education editor), Robyn Williams (science broadcaster), Professor Tony Vinson (University of Sydney education specialist), Dr Brian Morton (President of the NSW branch of the Australian Medical Association), and Dr Norman Swan (ABC Radio's producer and presenter of Health Report).
Read more about Professor Shine's research on cane toads and his lecture as winner of the 2008 Macfarlane Burnet Medal from the Australian Academy of Sciences at: www.usyd.edu.au/news/science/397.html?newsstoryid=2292
See the(sydney)magazine's Top 100 feature at: www.smh.com.au/interactive/2008/national/sydney-top-100/index.html
Contact: Katynna Gill
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