Wednesday, January 14, 2015

UNO Biologist Selected for Prestigious Environmental Leadership Fellowship

UNO biologist Nicola Anthony helps lead a pioneering undergraduate field studies course in the central Africa of Gabon.UNO biologist Nicola Anthony (in light blue shirt) participates in field work during a 2013 research trip in the central African country of Gabon.

University of New Orleans biologist Nicola Anthony is one of 20 North American researchers awarded the 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellowship by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

The Leopold Leadership Program provides outstanding academic environmental researchers with intensive leadership and communication training to help them engage with leaders in the public and private sector so that science can be integrated into decision-making. This year’s fellows come from 16 institutions in the United States and Canada; Anthony is the only recipient from a university in the Gulf South.

Anthony is an associate professor of biological sciences whose research focuses on evolution and conservation of tropical and island biodiversity. In the summer of 2014, she helped lead a pioneering undergraduate field course in the central African country of Gabon.

“The 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellows are generating new knowledge that is critical to answering the central question of our time: how to preserve Earth’s vital systems while providing the resources that support human well-being, including food, water, energy and fiber,” said Leopold Leadership Program Co-Director Pamela Matson, dean of Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. “The Leopold program will help the fellows gain skills, tools and approaches they need to contribute their knowledge most effectively to finding solutions.”

The fellows were chosen for their outstanding qualifications as researchers, demonstrated leadership ability and strong interest in sharing their knowledge beyond traditional academic audiences. Fellows participate in a week-long training session on leadership and communications, followed by a year of practicing skills that will advance their efforts to lead change. The fellowship also offers peer networking and mentoring through the Leopold Leadership Network of program advisers, trainers and past fellows.

“I am extremely excited to have been selected as a Leopold Leadership Fellow and to have the opportunity to work with fellow environmental scientists across North America,” Anthony said. “Through this program, I wish to develop tools to more effectively communicate climate change science and evolution to decision makers and the public. I also hope to use this fellowship opportunity to better connect the outcomes of evolutionary research to conservation action and capacity-building in central Africa, where much of my research at UNO has been focused.”

Anthony and her colleagues in the class of 2015 will join a network of 195 past fellows who are engaged in broad-based efforts to solve society’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

The Leopold Leadership Program is funded by the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, the William and Flora Hewitt Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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