Environmentalist Talbot Wins Explorers Medal

Posted: January 29, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Lee Talbot, Mason professor of environmental science and policy, will receive the prestigious Explorers Medal this spring from the New York-based Explorers Club.

According to the organization, Talbot’s “remarkable and continuing career embodies all three criteria for the Explorers Medal: extraordinary contributions to exploration, to scientific research and to human welfare.”

Profiled in the Mason Gazette last fall, Talbot is an intrepid scientist whose research has taken him to uncharted territory around the globe. He has organized and led more than 145 expeditions to remote areas on five continents.

Closer to home, he has helped write influential environmental legislation such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

He has written nearly 300 publications, including 17 books and monographs. He has developed eight courses at Mason, which he teaches in rotation.

Founded in 1904, the Explorers Club is a multidisciplinary professional society “dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.”

The club has about 3,000 members from 60 different countries.

The awards dinner is March 21 in New York City.

Immediately following the award presentation, Talbot plans to leave for a month of exploration in Laos.

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