Israeli ornithologist wins prestigious German prize

Tel Aviv University professor Yossi Leshem honored for research and preservation of local birds

Dr. Yossi Leshem (photo credit: CC BY-SA 3.0, Israel Ornithological Center, Wikipedia)
Dr. Yossi Leshem (photo credit: CC BY-SA 3.0, Israel Ornithological Center, Wikipedia)

The Bruno H. Schubert Foundation awarded its annual prize for excellence in natural sciences to Israeli ornithologist Dr. Yossi Leshem for his contributions to the research and preservation of birds in Israel.

The Bruno H. Schubert Award is presented in Frankfurt for outstanding achievements in natural sciences and their implementation in environmental activism and the preservation of wildlife.

Leshem is a Senior Researcher at Tel Aviv University’s zoology department, and is the founder and director of the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration in Latrun. He worked at the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) in various capacities for over 25 years, including a stint as the organization’s CEO.

In 2008 Leshem was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Protection” by the Environmental Protection Ministry.

The Bruno H. Schubert Award includes a 25,000 Euro grant intended to encourage further scientific and environmental activity.

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