Geography alumni awarded

Two departmental alumni have recently received prestigious awards:

Robert Lang (BSc Geography, 1996) is one of two recipients of this year's Royal Geographical Society Ordnance Survey Award, given for excellence in teaching geography at secondary level.

Robert is a geography teacher at King Edward VI Five Ways School in Birmingham. He has been an active member of the Geographical Association (GA) since his career began and is currently a member of the Association’s ICT working group and a regional subject advisor. He participates regularly in local meetings for geography teachers including setting up a new GA branch and RGS teacher’s network in Birmingham, and has also developed links with local universities. He has been involved in the school achieving the GA’s Secondary Geography Quality Mark Centre of Excellence award.

He will be presented with the Award at the Society's AGM on 6 June, at the Society in central London.

Peter Mumby (PhD in coral reef remote sensing, 1997) has been given the 38th Rosenstiel Award.

Peter is ARC Laureate Professorial Fellow at the Marine Spatial Ecology Laboratory in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia, and Pew Fellow for Marine Conservation. He is widely known for his goal to understand the benefits and limitations of conservation strategies for coral reefs, and his work has resulted in a ban on herbivore exploitation in Belize, and identification of a marine park at Coneception Island in the Bahamas.

The Rosenstiel Award recognises outstanding scientists for their contribution to the field of marine science, and a $10,000 prize is awarded annually.

The Department sends its warmest congratulations to both our alumni.