First Australian to win prestigious mammalogy award

8 July 2008

Professor Christopher Dickman, Professor in Terrestrial Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, is the first Australian to ever receive the prestigious C. Hart Merriam Award for outstanding and sustained research contributions in mammalogy.

Professor Chris Dickman holding a Sandy Inland Mouse, Pseudomys hermannsburgensis
Professor Chris Dickman holding a Sandy Inland Mouse, Pseudomys hermannsburgensis

Awarded by the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM), Professor Dickman's historic win demonstrates the exceptional esteem in which he is held by his colleagues and the international community.

Professor Dickman received the award based on his research record, letters of reference from peers, extensive commitment to teaching and student mentorship, and of particular note, the significant impact his work is having on the conservation of Australian mammals.

For the last 20 years, Professor Dickman's main research has focused on vertebrate ecology in arid Australia, where he is working to achieve practical conservation goals through a deeper understanding of the complex ecological relationship between plants, invertebrates and vertebrates.

In his career, Professor Dickman has supervised nearly 50 PhD students and over 30 Honours students, has taught extensively in undergraduate courses and has been Director of the Institute of Wildlife Research since 1990. He received the University of Sydney's Vice Chancellor's Award for excellence in research and higher degree supervision in 2003.

The C. Hart Merriam award was announced at the ASM annual meeting held in Brookings, South Dakota, USA, in late June 2008. As the recipient of the award, Professor Dickman has been invited to be a plenary speaker at the next ASM meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, to be held on 24-28 June 2009.

Contact: Katynna Gill

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