Pioneer conser-vationist Marker bags accolades

Dr. Laurie Marker

A trio of highly respected American institutions will recognise Dr. Laurie Marker of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), during her speaking tour of the United States that started on 18 September and will progress up until 22 October.

Dr. Marker will accept the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award from Montana State University and the American Computer Museum during a private ceremony in Bozeman, Montana, on 2 October. Named for the Harvard professor known as the “Father of Biodiversity,” the award honours individuals who have made significant contributions to the preservation of biodiversity on Earth. Immediately following the awards dinner, Dr. Marker will join Dr. Wilson and other University honorees in leading a public forum where artificial intelligence and the future of humanity and biodiversity will be discussed, “Planet in Peril: The Future of Humanity.”
On 18 October, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center will confer the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Award on Dr. Marker at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Awards recognise individuals who make significant contributions to society in the arts, education, citizenship, philanthropy, community services and other humanitarian causes that reflect Mrs. Roosevelt’s ideals. Dr. Marker is being recognised for her body of work conserving the cheetah, encompassing her pioneering scientific research, model conservation programs and ground-breaking cooperative alliances.