Prof. Amanda Vincent, director of Project Seahorse at UBC’s Fisheries Centre, has been invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace on July 1 to celebrate the 60th birthday of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (Princess Anne). This invitation recognizes Vincent’s inaugural win of the Whitley Gold Award in 1994 for her work to advance the conservation of seahorses in the central Philippines.
The Whitley Gold Award is the highest accolade given by the Whitley Fund for Nature and is given to individuals who are using conservation science to improve biodiversity and people’s lives and livelihoods. Since 1994, Vincent has led Project Seahorse, which consists of the world’s leading experts on 300 species of seahorses, pipefishes and seadragons. She is also Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation in UBC’s College for Interdisciplinary Studies.