2014 Saint Louis Zoo Conservation Award

2014 Saint Louis Zoo Conservation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Parker, who accepted this prestigious award at the 23rd Annual Marlin Perkins Society Celebration on November 12 at the Ritz-Carlton, Saint Louis.

Dr. Gary Langham's 2013 Harris Lecture Revisited

Dr. Gary Langham's 2013 Harris Lecture Revisited

See the science behind the groundbreaking report from Gary Langham and the Audubon team that maps the future of three hundred and fourteen North American bird species.

In the News

In the News

On August 28, NPR's All Things Considered aired a story about recent bat and moth sampling in Bellefontaine Cemetery, sponsored by the Harris Center.

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

Dr. Lúcia Lohmann (PhD 2003) Professora, Departamento de Botânica, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil; Presidente, Comissão de Relações Internacionais

2014 Saint Louis Zoo Conservation Award
Dr. Gary Langham's 2013 Harris Lecture Revisited
In the News
Where Are They Now?


What is the Harris Center?

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The Harris World Ecology Center (HWEC), through a unique set of partnerships, promotes research and training in basic ecology and biodiversity conservation across the globe, and increases public awareness and interest in issues relating to global natural resource conservation. The center is housed within the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and works closely with The Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo.


Student Support

The Harris Center offers Fellowships and Scholarships to graduate students whose studies relate to conservation. These include fully-funded Christensen Fellowships for Ph.D. or masters students who plan to take on decision-making positions in regions and countries where biodiversity is threatened. The center also provides training in conservation implementation via undergraduate and graduate certficate programs that place students with local, national, and international conservation NGOs and government agencies.


Awards and Events

The Harris Center presents the World Ecology Award to eminent individuals who have made significant contributions to the protection of the global environment and to a better understanding of the balance between human habitation and the Earth's biodiversity. The first World Ecology Award was presented in 1990 to recording artist, film star and activist John Denver, who accepted the award at the Center's first major event, a World Ecology Day held on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. Since that time, the Harris Center has presented the award to nineteen individuals.

john denver Jacques Cousteau Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Paul Ehrlich President Jose Figueres
Richard Leakey Jane Goodall Ted Turner Brundtland Harrison Ford
Teresa Heinz Prince of Wales David Rockefeller Jr. Kathryn Fuller Peter Raven
Bverly and Dereck Joubert David Western Howard Buffett Prince Albert II of Monaco

In addition to the presentations of the World Ecology Award, the Harris Center hosts outreach events in Saint Louis, including the Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture Series and the Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum.


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