Mote scientist receives Parker/Gentry Conservation Award from Chicago’s Field Museum

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The Field Museum in Chicago named Dr. David E. Vaughan the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Parker/Gentry Award, which has been given annually since 1996 to an individual, team or organization whose work has made a significant impact on conservation and serves as a model for others.

Vaughan is the Executive Director of Mote Marine Laboratory’s campus in the Florida Keys, leading Mote's Coral Reef Restoration Program to restore the underwater forest.

Vaughan and colleagues from Mote’s Coral Reef Monitoring & Assessment Program have collectively restored more than 20,000 corals onto depleted reefs in the Florida Keys. Their research and restoration efforts are poised to expand with the spring 2017 opening of a new International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration on Mote’s Summerland Key Campus.

“Dave’s unique approach to rapidly re-surfacing dead reef-building corals with lab-grown polyps makes an enormous difference in the protection of this unique natural treasure,” says Dr. Rüdiger Bieler, Curator of Zoology/Invertebrates at The Field Museum’s Integrative Research center, who recently joined forces with Dr. Vaughan on an extensive coral reef restoration and monitoring project in the Florida Keys.

Vaughan will present a keynote address and receive the 22nd Annual Parker/Gentry Award during the Conservation Celebration on Monday, April 24, 2017, at The Field Museum in Chicago. This special event recognizes the award winner and the efforts of the Keller Science Action Center and its exceptional partners in conservation.

The Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum plays an instrumental role in bringing scientists and people together to create positive change in conservation and cultural understanding.

According to Dr. Nora Bynum, Director of the Keller Science Action Center, “Dr. Vaughan is the epitome of those who bring creativity, dedication, and knowledge to the restoration and conservation of ecosystems around the world. We are honored to have him join the ranks of our Parker/Gentry award winners.”

About the Parker/Gentry Award

The Parker/Gentry Award was created in 1996 in memory of Theodore A. Parker III and Alwyn Gentry, ardent conservationists and leading naturalists who died while surveying hill forests of western Ecuador.