Heather Lynch Wins $250,000 2019 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists
Heather Lynch, IACS Core Faculty and Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolution is one of three winners of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in the category of Life Sciences. Lynch’s research focuses on the spatial population dynamics of Antarctic penguins. She was named a national laureate for her unique synthesis of cutting-edge statistics, mathematical models, satellite remote sensing and Antarctic field biology to understand the spatial and temporal patterns of penguin colonies to predict population growth, collapse and possible extinction in the face of climate change.
The Blavatnik Family Foundation 2019 national laureates are honored for their work in the awards' three disciplines — Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering and Chemistry. Nominated by 169 research institutions from across 44 states, the Blavatnik National Awards received 343 nominees – the largest pool of nominees ever received by the program for those 42 years of age and younger. Laureates of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientist , each receive $250,000, the largest unrestricted scientific prize offered to America's most-promising, faculty-level scientific researchers. THis years winners were selected from 31 finalists and it is the first time in the program's 13-year history that all of the recipients are women.
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