Donate to Conservation Asia 2016 Scholarship Funds!
Conservation Asia 2016 is proud to set up two scholarship funds for this conference to honor the memories of two highly respected scientists: James F. Maxwell, and David Woodruff. These scholarships funds will be used to aid specific groups of low-income students attending the conference.
To donate to these scholarship funds, please remember to check the appropriate box and indicate the amount during registration. For organisations that wish to donate to these funds, please contact Sponsorship Coordinator Natalia Huang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The J.F. Maxwell Scholarship Fund
This scholarship will be given to student(s) from developing countries studying botany, vegetation science or related subjects.
Jim Maxwell ("Max") was a tropical botanist par excellence. His career in SE Asia spanned 45 years and included an M.Sc. degree in botany at the National University of Singapore, the herbarium at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Prince of Songkla University, with the majority of his years as the curator of the Chiang Mai University Biology Herbarium (CMUB).
He was a widely respected field botanist and taxonomist, having revised numerous genera in the Melastomataceae. He collected, identified,and preserved tens of thousands of plant specimens, named or revised hundreds of species, and has made a permanent contribution to the study of plant diversity and vegetation ecology in Southeast Asia. He mentored hundreds of botany students and his influence resounds in the botanical expertise of scientists in Thailand and across much of Southeast Asia.
The David S. Woodruff Scholarship Fund
This scholarship will be given to early career conservationist(s) from developing countries.
David S. Woodruff's research interests spanned a broad range of topics including the genetics and co-evolution of snail hosts and their parasites that cause schistosomiasis, the evolution of Nautilus species often considered to be “living fossils,” the phylogeography of gibbons and the history of sea level change in Southeast Asia and its effects on patterns of biodiversity. Among his scientific colleagues, Woodruff was best known for his development of pioneering techniques of noninvasive genotyping of wild animals based on DNA from shed hair, feathers and feces. He provided the first demonstrations of the method's power in the context of
establishing pedigree relationships, population structure and phylogeographic patterns in chimpanzees, elephants and loggerhead shrikes. These nondestructive DNA sampling methods are now routinely used around the world.
David's conservation interests in Southeast Asia were exemplified by his textbook study of rapid genetic erosion, demographic decline and extinction of populations of small mammals isolated on islands formed by the creation of a dam and reservoir in Thailand. David directly supervised or mentored several hundred graduate and undergraduate students, many of whom went on to take up careers in conservation science.
David's obituary can be found here.