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The Marsh Award for Insect Conservation

Award Criteria For an outstanding contribution to insect conservation; on the basis of 'lifetime achievement', or 'considerable and exemplary contribution' to a significant project or undertaking. In exceptional circumstances two prizes may be awarded to reflect each criterion.
Prize £1,250 and Certificate.
Eligibility Any person whose contribution to insect conservation meets the criteria.
Cycle Annual, nominations accepted until 31st December, winners announced in following year.
Adjudication Shortlisting by RES Conservation Committee, final selection by Honorary Officers, Chair of Conservation Committee and M.C.T. representative.
Entry Written nominations giving full outline of the reasons for the nomination and personal profile of the nominee, giving as much information as possible, to be sent to the Chair of the Conservation Committee c/o Mansion House. It is a condition of entry that the winner of the Award shall attend the annual Ento (or other nominated) meeting to receive it, at the Society's expense.
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2018 Winners

Mr Mike Edwards for his outstanding contribution to insect conservation on the basis of lifetime achievement.

Mike Edwards has been at the forefront of the study of the aculeate Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants) for the best part of 40 years and has been hugely involved with the popularisation of the group, as well as making a substantial contribution to the conservation of other insects.

Professor Vojtech Novotny, Overseas winner, for his outstanding contribution to insect conservation on the basis of lifetime achievement.

Professor Novotny is an entomologist at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice. He divides his time between his home institution in the Czech Republic and the New Guinea Binatang Research Centre (BRC), near Madang, Papua New Guine (PNG). Professor Novotny has directed BRC since the 1990's and has built the country's premier field research facility.


2017 winner 
Dr Mike Morris for his outstanding contribution to insect conservation on the basis of lifetime achievement.

After 3 years as the V H Blackman Research Scholar in East Malling Research Station, Mike joined the Nature Conservancy's new research lab at Monks Wood (later NERC's Institute of Terrestrial Ecology), where he spent 15 years (1961-76) on research into conservation ecology, notably devising innovative field experiments to explore how different types of grassland management can restore and maintain distinctive species-rich-assemblages of insects, especially on lowland calcareous soils. For the rest of his career - 1976 to retirement in 1994 at the then obligatory age in government service of 60 - Mike Morris was Head of Furzebrook Research Station and ultimately Acting Director of ITE, as well as ITE's Head of Invertebrate Ecology since 1976. During this second, more managerial period of career, he nevertheless published a stream of important papers in high-ranking journals describing his continuing experiments to maximise insect biodiversity in UK grasslands. In addition, he was exceedingly effective in pursuing 'extra-mural' conservation initiatives focused on insects via a series of key positions in learned societies etc, several involving the Royal Entomological Society. After retirement, Mike became ever more involved in these latter activities and was also appointed (honorary) Scientific Associate at The Natural History Museum, London, combining research and curation of Coleoptera collections, a position he holds to this day. During this time he has pursued his first love of studying ecology, distribution, status and especially taxonomy of British and European weevils, exemplified by his five acclaimed RES Handbooks for the identification of British Insects, each devoted to a major group within this huge super-family (Curculionoidea) of beetles. His important private collection of the weevils of Europe and the Canary Islands has been accepted for incorporation into that of the NHM after death.

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