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Demian Chapman wins Species Visionary Award

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

Dr. Chapman receiving his award from Andy Sabin. Photo by: Rob Rich/ ©2019 516-676-3939

We are thrilled to announce that one of our lead scientists, Dr. Demian Chapman, has been awarded the Alan Rabinowitz Species Visionary Award at the South Fork Natural History Museum's 30th anniversary gala.

Dr. Chapman is an associate professor at Florida International University and is the lead scientist of Global FinPrint, the world’s largest shark and ray survey on coral reefs around the world. He is an internationally recognized shark expert whose efforts have contributed to species protection in The Bahamas, improved shark management in Belize, helped list multiple shark and ray species on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and identified the species in the Asian shark fin trade. He has published over 80 scientific papers and appeared on various television programs discussing his work.

The late Alan Rabinowitz was the leading big cat conservationist for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera. In his acceptance speech, Demian mentioned he was honored to receive an award named after Dr. Rabinowitz, an inspiration to Demian throughout his career.

Other honorees included: long-time supporter of Dr. Chapman’s work, shark conservationist, and supporter of HIV prevention Greg Manocherian, and climate visionary Trammell Crow.

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