The Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award
The Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award is given annually by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to recognize achievements in conservation both in California and around the world. Established in 2007, the award honors John Pritzlaff’s life-long commitment to conservation and serves to inspire others to understand the importance of conservation, take action, and help the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden reach its plant conservation leadership goals.
John C. Pritzlaff was a Botanic Garden Trustee from 1991 – 2003. He was a life-long servant and champion of the people and the environment. His political, personal, and volunteer activities speak clearly to his love of the environment and his desire to ensure that our greatest treasure – our natural environment – remains healthy for future generations. John recognized that botanic gardens are powerful agents for conservation. Individually and collectively, botanic gardens address a range of activities needed to help ensure the survival of threatened plant species.
Dr. Daniel Simberloff
Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Tennessee
Dr. Simberloff's work on islands started in the 1960s when, as part of his PhD research at Harvard he and E.O. Wilson removed the insect and spider fauna of six small mangrove islands in Florida to study their re-colonization. His diverse research projects have included insects, plants, fungi, birds, and mammals. His publications number ca. 500 and center on ecology, biogeography, evolution, and conservation biology, with titles such as “Today Tiritiri Matangi, tomorrow the world! Are we aiming too low in invasives control?” He has tackled complex topics such as invasion theory, policy, novel ecosystems, and single- vs. multi-species management. In 2006 he was named Eminent Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America, in 2012 he won the Margalef Prize for research in ecology, and in 2015 he won the Wallace Prize of the International Biogeography Society for lifetime contributions in the fields of island biogeography and island ecology. Dr. Simberloff will be speaking about the global significance of restoration accomplishments on the Channel Islands and elsewhere, and what we might aim for going forward.
Dr. Peter White
former Director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden and Professor at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. White is a plant ecologist with over 100 publications on an impressive array of topics, from Ecology and Biogeography (including diversity patterns, scale, disturbance, and patch dynamics) to Rare plants, Restoration, and the Philosophy of Conservation. From 1986 to 2014, Peter White directed the University of North Carolina’s Botanical Garden through a period of exciting changes and growth. In this role, he and the staff have sought to redefine the scope of botanical gardens to focus on conservation, sustainability, and gardens as the healing interface with and gateway to nature. He emphasizes that this conservation mission is “not just an ‘add on’ to what the garden does, but can be firmly nestled within a mission that addresses environmental and sustainability issues— this work is connected to the central role that botanical gardens can and should play.”
Dr. Claire Kremen
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at U.C. Berkeley
Claire is a conservation biologist that seeks "mechanisms for slowing or preventing the loss of biodiversity…one of the greatest environmental challenges facing humanity in the 21st century." She has tackled this issue both by protecting biodiverse areas in preserves, and by identifying and conserving the species that are most beneficial to humans.
Dr. Bruce Pavlik
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Dr. Pavlik is Head of Restoration Ecology at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Since receiving his Ph.D. in Botany in 1982, he has been a long-time instructor at institutions both academic and government, from Mills College to the National Park Service Training Program, as well as vice president of the California Native Plant Society and series editor of the California Natural History Guide Series.
Dr. Daniel Botkin
President, Center for the Study of the Environment
UCSB Emeritus Professor & Author
Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson
Director, National Botanical Gardens of Ireland
President, Missouri Botanical Garden
Dr. J. Robert Haller
UCSB Professor of Botany (Retired)
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Botanist
Jon and Lillian Lovelace
Chairman Emeritus, Capital Research Management Company
Dr. Brian J. Huntley
Senior Policy Advisor, South African Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism
President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Richard B. Rogers
President, California Fish & Game Commission
Chairman, State of California Wildlife Conservation Board
Vice Chair, SBBG Board of Trustees
Dr. Peter Raven
President, Missouri Botanical Garden