May Berenbaum to Receive 2011 Tyler Prize

May Berenbaum, University of Illinois entomology professor and department head, will receive the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, an international award that recognizes "those individuals who have contributed in an outstanding manner to scientific knowledge and public leadership to preserve and enhance the environment of the world."

The Tyler Prize consists of a $200,000 cash prize and a gold medal. Previous Tyler Prize recipients include American biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward O. Wilson, primatologist and animal conservationist Jane Goodall and conservation biologist Paul Ehrlich.

"Professor Berenbaum has done more to advance the field of entomology and explain its significance than nearly any other researcher today," said Owen T. Lind, a professor of biology at Baylor University and the chair of the Tyler Prize executive committee. "Her expertise on bees and the causes behind declining bee populations has further positioned her as a leading resource for the media, policymakers and peers."

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