Harris World Ecology Award Research Paper

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Born into a lavish world of royalty, crown jewels and summer palaces, Prince Albert II, sovereign of the Principality of Monaco and head of the famed house of Grimaldi, is no stranger to titles and honors. On September 22, His Serene Highness will be celebrated for reasons beyond his royal bloodline—his dedication to world-wide environmental conservation. The eldest son of the late Prince Rainier III and famed American actress turned Princess Grace Kelly, Prince Albert II is this year’s recipient of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center’s prestigious World Ecology Award for his work with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Held on the grounds of the historic Missouri Botanical Garden, the gala-event will include an address by UMSL Chancellor Tom George. Other remarks will be made by Dr. Robert Marquis, USML Professor of Biology and Director of the Harris Center, and award presenter Hal Kroeger, community activist, longtime supporter of the center, and event co-chair. Since 1990, a partnership among UMSL, the St. Louis Zoo, and the Botanical Gardens has granted the World Ecology Award to those raising public awareness of ecological conservation issues and helping to conserve Earth’s species and habitats. Previous luminaries to earn the honor include: folk singer John…show more content…
In recent months, $65,000 has been generated through solicitations alone. In the last 16 years, the center’s endowment has increased from $16,000 to $5 million. Funds are used to support graduate and undergraduate research in UMSL’s biology program, including Galapagos Islands fieldwork led by Dr. Patricia Parker, the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Zoological Studies and chair of the Department of Biology. Because of these contributions, UMSL biology students have conducted conservation or ecology research on five
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