Environmental Futures Centre theme leader and Associate Professor at the Griffith School of Environment, Carla Catterall was recently awarded with the honour of the D.L. Serventy medal. Awarded by the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, the D.L. Serventy medal is the highest honour for professional ornithologists and recognises outstanding scientific contributions in Australia. Carla was nominated for the award in recognition of the significant contributions she has made to the field of ornithological research since completing her PhD on the behavioural ecology and habitat use of a population of Zosterops lateralis.
During her academic career at Griffith University, which has spanned over 30 years, Carla has broadened her research expertise to encompass conservation biology, landscape ecology as well as the implications of human mediated threats to the population and behavioural dynamics of ecological systems.
The D.L. Serventy medal has been awarded to Carla not just for her significant research contributions but her commitment to educating others through a diligent publication record and her roles as lecturer and postgraduate supervisor at Griffith University. Carla will be awarded the medal at the 2010 Birds Australia Congress in August.