A historian at Kansas University has won over a group of biologists.
Donald Worster, KU's Hall distinguished professor of American history, received a distinguished service award from the Society for Conservation Biology in Canada.
Previous winners have all been biologists, including E.O. Wilson, biologist and Pulitzer Prize winner.
"Dr. Worster has helped us as conservation biologists to understand where we have come from and where we may be bound," said Curt Meine, the society's awards chairman.
"Through his wide-ranging scholarship, Worster has combined insights from ecology, economics, and social and political history to lay the foundations of contemporary environmental history."
As a historian of the environment, Worster has focused on arid lands, including the American West; on the history of the conservation movement; and on the relationship of agriculture and the environment to history.