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Pearson Prize for Ecology Fund

Established in 2020 to collect donations from friends and colleagues of Emeritus Professor Richard Pearson, the fund aims to support a student prize named in Richard's honour to recognise his commitment to the field of ecology and service to James Cook University.

Emeritus Professor Richard Pearson was a supportive and nurturing head of the zoology and ecology group at JCU for many years. A self-proclaimed eclectic ecologist, his interests lie in freshwater systems and terrestrial vertebrates. Richard has remained actively engaged with zoology and ecology staff and research at JCU and across the field since his retirement in 2011.

The prize will be awarded to the third year student in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or Bachelor of Environmental Practice (Biodiversity Assessment and Management) with the highest average marks across any or all of the subjects:  Population and Community Ecology (BZ3220/BZ5220); Behavioural Ecology (BZ3061/BZ5061); and Ecological Research Methods (BZ3230/BZ3230).

The Zoology and Ecology team at JCU hope to raise enough funds to support a $500 student prize given annually in perpetuity. To achieve this goal they will require an endowment of approximately $15,000.

James Cook University is an Australian registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), which means donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

Should you like to make a gift via electronic funds transfer or cheque please contact for details.