Conservation Celebration featuring the 22nd Annual Parker/Gentry Award

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David Vaughan, PhD

The Conservation Celebration recognizes and celebrates the conservation efforts of the Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum and its exceptional partners. Proceeds from each $75 ticket benefit The Field Museum's conservation work. The reception will begin at 6pm, and the award presentation and keynote by Dr. David Vaughan begins at 7pm. Complementary parking is provided. Business casual attire is preferred. 

Honoring Dr. David Vaughan

The Field Museum is honored to present the 2017 Parker/Gentry Award to marine science researcher David E. Vaughan, PhD. Dr. Vaughan is the Executive Director of the Mote Tropical Research Lab in the Florida Keys, leading Mote's Coral Reef Restoration Program to re-establish the underwater forest. His unique approach to re-growing coral reefs makes an enormous difference in the protection of this unique natural treasure.

Remembering Ted Parker and Al Gentry

The Parker/Gentry Award was created in 1996 in memory of Theodore A. Parker III and Alwyn Gentry, ardent conservationists and leading naturalists who died while surveying hill forests of western Ecuador. The annual award is presented to an outstanding individual, team, or organization in conservation biology. 

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