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Kew’s Director of Science receives ecology award

Professor Kathy Willis, Kew’s Director of Science has been awarded the 2018 Marsh Award for Ecology by the British Ecological Society.

The British Ecological Society (BES) announced their annual awards this week. Among these awards is the coveted Marsh Award for Ecology, provided by the Marsh Christian Trust, which has been awarded to Kew’s Director of Science, Prof. Kathy Willis.

Kathy has been honoured with this award to recognise her outstanding work, which has been acknowledged as having a significant impact on the development of the science of ecology.

The winners will be presented with their prizes during a ceremony held at the British Ecological Society’s annual conference in December 2018, which will bring together 1,200 ecologists from around 60 countries to discuss the latest advances in ecological research across the whole discipline.

Kathy has received several awards in recent years, including the 2015 Michael Faraday Prize for her work in Science Communication – following the success of the BBC radio series From Roots to Riches and the book of the same name.  Earlier this year, Kathy was acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Richard Deverell, Director of Kew said: "Her CBE recognises and rewards her tireless work in raising the quality and global impact of Kew’s science".