C·I·B Research Associate receives Pacific Seabird Group’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Hawaii

John Cooper

John Cooper, a Research Associate of the Centre for Invasion Biology was honoured earlier this month by the Pacific Seabird Group with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its 39th Annual Meeting in Oahu, Hawaii.

The “PSG Lifetime Achievement Award” recognizes a seabird researcher, educator, or conservationist who has made significant, long-term contributions to seabird science, conservation and education in the Pacific Ocean or the world.

John Cooper’s contributions to seabird research are exceptional. In addition to his substantial primary research on the group, from November 1997 to March 2001 he initiated and coordinated the Seabird Conservation Programme of BirdLife International. He serves on the Management Committee of the Prince Edward Islands Special Nature Reserve (South Africa) and on the Tristan da Cunha Biodiversity Advisory Group (T-BAG). He is also an honorary Conservation Officer of the Government of Tristan da Cunha. He is Forum Editor of the international journal, Marine Ornithology, which he founded in 1976. Currently he is the honorary Information Officer for the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP), of whose Advisory Committee he is the past Vice-Chair.

While attending the PSG’s meeting John presented one of the three invited plenary lectures with the title “Conservation and restoration of islands in the Southern Ocean”.

Read the report by Engela Duvenage for further information.