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Archbold Biological Station Announces Research Grant in Honor of Late Colleague Dr. David Maehr

Archbold Biological Station is proud to announce a new research grant as part of our broader mission to conserve the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

 The David S. Maehr Florida Wildlife Corridor Research Fellowship, named for the late renowned biologist, offers a $25,000 grant for a one-year project led by a current postdoc or grad student in any field of science or social science.   

Dr. David Maehr was a dedicated and respected biologist, known internationally as an expert on large carnivores, particularly the black bear and Florida panther. A researcher for 25 years at Florida’s Archbold Biological Station, Maehr’s work helped form the backbone of knowledge on which the Florida Wildlife Corridor geography and conservation campaign are built. Tragically, he passed away in 2008 alongside his friend Mason Smoak while the two were conducting an aerial survey of Highland black bears.   

“Only through confident and innovative conservation practices will we ensure the protection of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. We can think of no greater way to honor the memory of our late colleague Dr. David Maehr than through encouraging the next generation of scientists and conservationists to spark creative solutions to maintain the Corridor and maximize the ecological and social benefits which flow from it,” said Hilary Swain, Executive Director of Archbold Biological Station.  

Entries are encouraged from all fields of natural, physical, or social science, provided the proposals involve modeling, synthesis, fieldwork, or a combination of such efforts to produce results, tools, or collaborations that advance the pace of conservation or improve the use of conservation resources in the Corridor. The application window runs from April 15 to August 15, 2022. Details of how to apply can be found here.

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