it is with great pleasure that I am able to announce one of our chapter members, Dr. Bill Thomas FN’89, is the winner of the 2012 Lowell Thomas Award. To be given at this year’s Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner in October, it was awarded for the first time on the occasion of the Club’s 75th anniversary, October 17, 1980, by Club President Charles F. Brush. On special occasions this award is presented by the President of The Explorers Club to groups of outstanding explorers. The achievements of each individual recipient contribute special distinction to the other recipients. This year, Dr. Thomas was nominated by our own membership development coordinator and past chapter chair Capt. Joel S. Fogel.
Dr. Thomas is Director of the New Jersey School of Conservation. He has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. His research interests include ethno-ecology, conservation and traditional ecological wisdom of indigenous people. Since1988, he has conducted ethno-ecological research in Papua New Guinea. He has been recognized by the United Nations for the development of research methodologies now recognized as one of the “Best Practices” in the use of indigenous knowledge.
Please join us on congratulating him on this lifetime achievement. More information about his work can be found here:
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