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UC Riverside's Bill Mayhew receives George B. Fell Award


UC Riverside's Bill Mayhew Receives George B. Fell Award

(April 11, 2003)

Wilbur Mayhew, professor emeritus of zoology at UC Riverside.  Mayhew was the unanimous choice for this year's George B. Fell Award from the Natural Areas Association.  (Photo credit: Jana Shaker.)

Wilbur Mayhew, professor emeritus of zoology at UC Riverside. Mayhew was the unanimous choice for this year's George B. Fell Award from the Natural Areas Association. (Photo credit: Jana Shaker.)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Bill Mayhew, professor emeritus of zoology at UC Riverside, was the unanimous choice for this year's George B. Fell Award from the Natural Areas Association. The award is the Natural Areas Association's highest level of recognition, given in honor of George Fell, a founding member and officer of the association who dedicated his life to the protection of natural areas.

"It is wonderful that Bill Mayhew received this award," said John Rotenberry, professor of biology at UC Riverside. "Bill recognized in the 1950s that in California the 'natural laboratories,' where students and researchers could find out how the natural world works, were vanishing under a wave of rapid development. He dedicated himself to securing reserves for the University of California, which later became the cornerstones of the world-renowned University of California Natural Reserve System. His selfless decision to put this quest ahead of his own research has already benefited thousands directly."

Professor Wilbur W. Mayhew came to UC Riverside in 1954 as an instructor in biology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He was the recipient, in 1983, of the Aldo Starker Leopold Conservation Award from The Nature Conservancy's California chapter. In 1994, a dormitory for visiting scientists at the Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center in Riverside County was named after him as the Wilbur W. Mayhew Building.

The Natural Areas Association awards the George B. Fell Award annually to an individual who has demonstrated the highest level of leadership in natural areas stewardship. The award recognizes:

1. Accomplishments (e.g., in program development, stewardship, education, research, and policy) that have significantly advanced natural area preservation, protection, and management.

2. An individual who has demonstrated the best qualities of our profession-qualities exemplified by George B. Fell through his lifelong dedication of the protection of natural areas.

3. Any area of professional activity (journalism, law, science, and natural resource management) that was applied toward stewardship of natural areas and the protection and understanding of natural diversity.

The mission of the Natural Areas Association is to advance the preservation of natural diversity. The Association works to inform, unite, and support persons engaged in identifying, protecting, managing, and studying natural areas and biological diversity across landscapes and ecosystems.

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