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SER 2019 Award Winners

Thursday, October 24, 2019  
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The Society for Ecological Restoration Recognizes Outstanding Work in Ecological Restoration with 2019 Awards


WASHINGTON (October 24, 2019) – On September 28, 2019, the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) announced winners for eight awards recognizing outstanding contributions to advancing the field of ecological restoration. Awards were presented during the 2019 SER World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

The awards recognize the work of individuals or groups who benefit ecological restoration through impacts on the science, practice, or public engagement. Award winners made significant contributions through engagement with SER, development of new methods for restoration, innovative communication strategies, and projects that fully/meaningfully/effectively engaged local indigenous communities. Two outstanding individuals, one from South Africa and one from Kenya, received special awards for restoration excellence in the host region for the conference, recognizing their work that positively impacts the local community and advances the cause of restoration. Additionally, the editors of Restoration Ecology honored authors from the last two years for their publications.

This year’s awards winners are “a group of outstanding people and projects that truly represents the richness and diversity of ecological restoration around the world,” said Ramesh Venkataraman, SER’s Awards Committee Chair.

Award Recipients

Full Circle Award: Mawas Conservation Program, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

John Rieger Award: Dr. Tein McDonald, SER Australasia

Theodore M. Sperry Award: Dr. Samira Omar, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

Communication Award: Ms. Lina Dolores Pohl and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador

Regional Award: Dr. Tony Rebelo, South African National Biodiversity Institute

Regional Award: Ms. Lily Tanui, Tree Growers Association of Kenya

Bradshaw Medal (2017): Urban habitat restoration provides a human health benefit through microbiome rewilding: The Microbiome Rewilding Hypothesis. Jacob Mills, Philip Weinstein, Nicholas Gellie, Laura Weyrich, Andrew Lowe, and Martin Breed

Bradshaw Medal (2018): Conceptualizing ecological restoration: a concise and adaptable framework for researchers and practitioners. Lora Perkins and Joshua Leffler

Click here for additional information on 2019 award recipients. 


About the Society for Ecological Restoration: The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) advances the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration to sustain biodiversity, improve resilience in a changing climate, and re-establish an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture. With nearly 3,000 members in over 70 countries, the flagship peer-reviewed journal Restoration Ecology, and the interactive Restoration Resource Center, SER connects, guides, and supports the global restoration community. For more information, visit