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The Wildlife Society Honors UW’s Ben-David

November 7, 2016
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UW Professor Merav Ben-David receives the 2016 Excellence in Wildlife Education Award from Gary Potts, president of The Wildlife Society. (Wildlife Society Photo)

University of Wyoming Professor Merav Ben-David is the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Wildlife Education Award from The Wildlife Society.

Ben-David, of UW’s Department of Zoology and Physiology, was recognized for exemplary teaching, advising and educational leadership. The award was presented Oct. 17 during the organization’s 23rd annual conference in Raleigh, N.C.

Founded in 1937, The Wildlife Society is an international nonprofit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education.

Ben-David studies the effects of global change on a variety of animals, including the effects of invasive lake trout on river otters in Yellowstone Lake, sea ice loss in the Arctic on polar bears, and timber harvest on marten and ermine in southeast Alaska. In 2012, she received the Barrett-Hamilton Distinguished Ecologist Award from the University of Manitoba for her contributions to polar bear conservation.

Raised on a farm in Israel, Ben-David served two years in the Israeli Air Force, after which she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology (1984) and Master of Science (1988) from Tel Aviv University. After working as a safari tour guide in Kenya for five years, she relocated to Alaska and received a Ph.D. in wildlife management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (1996). She arrived at UW as an assistant professor in 2000.

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