Our Award Winning Academics
We attract talented academics from around the world, many of whom lead the way in their field of research. Their excellence has been recognised at both national and international level.
Some of our Prize Winners:
Professor Kevin Gaston
- International Ecology Institute (ECI) Excellence in Ecology Prize in Terrestrial Ecology (2017)
- Honorary Doctorate of School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2017)
- British Ecological Society Marsh Award in Ecology (2013)
Professor Brendan Godley
- Alongside researchers from Plymouth University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, won the Societal Impact category and overall prize in the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) 2018 Impact Awards. The accolades recognise their efforts to bring the causes and effects of plastic pollution, and in particular microplastics, to the attention of policy makers, industry and the general public globally.
- Brendan's contribution to conservation has been acknowledged by the receipt of the ZSL Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation in 2012 and British Chelonia Group - Kay Gray Memorial Conservation Award (with Annette Broderick) in 2006
Professor Karen Hudson-Edwards
- European Association of Geochemistry’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2019. The distinguished lecturer is selected each year based on a combination of outstanding research contributions to geochemistry and the ability to clearly communicate these contributions to a broad audience.
- As a leading expert in Sustainable Mining, Professor Hudson-Edwards was included in the 2022 ‘100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining’ publication.
Professor Caitlin Desilvey
- The University of Mary Washington’s Center for Historic Preservation awarded the 2018 Book Prize to Caitlin DeSilvey for Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving. The Center awards the prize each year to an author whose book has a positive impact on preservation in the United States.
Professor Edze Westra
- Heineken Young Scientists Award 2019. The Heineken Young Scientists Awards offer important encouragement to talented young scientists who set an example for other young researchers and scientists.
- The Microbiology Society's Fleming Award 2019. The Fleming Award is awarded to an early career researcher who has achieved an outstanding research record.
- Won recognition in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.
- Winner of the 2020 Philip Leverhulme Prize in Biological Sciences.
Professor Angus Buckling
- Zoological Society of London Scientific Medal 2006. For his research on the evolutionary ecology of pathogenic microbes and their hosts in order to better understand the causes and consequences of coevolution between bacteria and their parasitic viruses.
Professor Jane Wills
Professor Jane Wills was elected as Fellow of the prestigious British Academy for her outstanding contribution to the humanities and social sciences in 2022. She has been a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2016 and in 2013 she won the Royal Geographical Society's Back Award. Given for applied or scientific geographical studies which make an outstanding contribution to the development of national or international public policy.
Dr Sarah Bell
Dr Sarah Bell is a Senior Lecturer in Health Geography at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. In 2022 she was awarded the distinguished Philip Leverhulme Prize in Geography. Sarah’s research explores the links between disability, wellbeing, and the physical, social and cultural environments encountered through the life course.
Dr Stineke Van Houte
Dr Van Houte was a 2021 Lister Prize winner. The Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine awarded her with a £250,000 research grant to help with research aimed at developing new tools to tackle antibiotic resistance using the highly versatile CRISPR-Cas9 enzyme to remove antimicrobial resistance genes.