The Expert Commission of the Far Eastern Leopards autonomous non-profit organisation has chosen the winners in the 2019 Professor Nikolai Vorontsov Prize.
The Professor Nikolai Vorontsov Prize was established in 2019 by the Far Eastern Leopards autonomous non-profit organisation and recognises the merits of scientists in the study and protection of mammals. The prize is awarded for achievements in research that have made a significant contribution to theriology and that took place in protected areas of the Russian Federation.
Entries were received between 15 January and 15 March 2019. The applicants included 12 authors and seven groups of authors representing government institutions managing specially protected natural areas and scientific organisations. The entries received both in electronic and paper format were registered by the Commission, and certificates of registration were sent to the applicants.
The Expert Commission’s work began on 2 April 2019. Members of the Commission included:
Alexei Surov – Correspondent Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Deputy Research Director of the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chair of the Expert Commission;
Yelena Lyapunova – Doctor of Biology, Professor, chief research fellow at the Koltsov Institute of Developmental Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
Irina Baklushinskaya – Doctor of Biology, leading research fellow at the Koltsov Institute of Developmental Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
Sergei Ivnitsky – Ph.D. in Biology, Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Evolution at the Biology Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
The Expert Commission concluded its work on 20 September 2019 and came to the following conclusion.
The winners of the 2019 Professor Nikolai Vorontsov Prize were announced:
Vadim Kirilyuk – Ph.D. in Biology, research fellow at the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the Russian Academy of Sciences (concurrently — a leading research fellow at the Daursky State Nature Biosphere Reserve), until 19 February 2019 – research fellow, Deputy Director, Director of the Daursky State Nature Biosphere Reserve.
The prize was awarded for a series of comprehensive fundamental studies of the biology and current state of populations of rare species of mammal in the South-Eastern Transbaikal Area, which were effectively used to develop and implement conservation programmes for these species.
Anatoly Bobretsov – Ph.D. in Biology, leading research fellow at the Pechora-Ilych State Nature Biosphere Reserve.
The prize was awarded for basic research, lasting many years, devoted to the population biology of small mammals of the plain and mountain landscapes of the North-East of the European part of Russia.
Sergei Podolsky – Ph.D. in Geography, Deputy Research Director at the Zeisky State Nature Biosphere Reserve (concurrently – senior research fellow at the Institute for Water and Environmental problems of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences).
The prize was awarded for fundamental work on the development of an assessment of the consequences of building hydroelectric power stations. The Expert Commission highlighted this project as of great importance in the context of growing anthropogenic changes in natural ecosystems.
The Expert Commission also noted the very high level of entries submitted for the Professor Nikolai Vorontsov Prize. A number of the projects submitted by scientists, who worked for many years in the protected areas of Russia, deserve high marks in the future, at subsequent annual competitions.
We heartily congratulate the winners. Each of them will be presented with a monetary reward, as well as a Diploma and a Commemorative badge.
The award ceremony will take place on 21 November 2019 in the White Hall at the Vernadsky State Geological Museum.