Tony Whitten Conservation Prize

Application Deadline: 
1 Sep 2019

Tony Whitten (1953-2017) was an inspirational conservationist who championed biodiversity across Asia and beyond, and was Senior Advisor at Fauna and Flora International, serving as Director of its Asia-Pacific programme.  Tony did world-class work on the discovery and conservation of limestone cave invertebrates, saving many species from obliteration by the region’s rapidly expanding cement industry, and having no fewer than 11 new species named in his honour. Tony also established the IUCN Cave Invertebrate Specialist Group.

As a tribute to Tony, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative is delighted to invite applications for the 2019 Tony Whitten Conservation Prize for early career conservationists and biodiversity researchers from East and Southeast Asia.

The prize is open to those under the age of 35 involved in any area of conservation or field biology in the region. Prizes will be awarded by a panel selected by Tony's family. The panel is especially interested in hearing about work on the overlooked species and habitats that Tony was most passionate about – such as caves and karst ecosystems, and understudied invertebrates and fishes.

For further details and to obtain an application form, please see the attached information sheets or visit