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Lynn Dicks has been awarded The British Ecological Society’s Ecological Engagement Award. This award recognises Lynn’s outstanding work bridging the gap between ecologists and other groups, particularly her work with the farming community.

Ecological Engagement Award: Lynn Dicks, Cambridge University

This Award recognises an ecologist who has bridged the gap between ecology and other groups.

Lynn Dicks is a Lecturer in Animal Ecology at the University of Cambridge. A key part of Lynn’s work focusses on how farmers can benefit from ecosystem services. Lynn and members of the Cambridge Agroecology group work with farmers to co-design research projects and gather data on how they manage their systems with the overall goal of understanding how we can reduce impacts on wildlife in realistic commercial contexts.

On receiving the award, Lynn said: “It feels fantastic to get this recognition for my efforts, over many years, to engage a range of stakeholders in conversations about how and why we should care for biodiversity.

“I owe this award to the many people who’ve taken time out of their busy working lives in NGOs, government departments and businesses, to join these conversations. Ecological research in real working landscapes, linked to real-world policies, simply wouldn’t be possible without their engagement, so thank you to all of them!”