The BOU’s Union Medal is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the BOU

John Croxall receives the Union Medal from BOU President, Jenny Gill, at the BOU’s 2015 annual conference.

“John Croxall has had a long and distinguished association with the BOU. He joined as a student (and still a teenager) in 1965, becoming a Council member during 1974-78, and then serving as Vice President during 1987-91 and as President during 1995-99. During his time as President, John was responsible for one of the most significant developments ever for the BOU; appointing the Union’s first full-time Administrator, Steve Dudley, when the then long-serving, part-time secretary, Gwen Bonham, announced her retirement. The decision to invest more of the Union’s resources in securing its long-term administration provided the platform on which all subsequent development of the BOU has been founded, and John’s recognition of the need for this restructuring has therefore been a key component of the Union’s continued success.”

Extract from the citation for John which will to appear in the July issue of IBIS.

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John Croxall CBE, FRS is a seabird ecologist, was Head of Conservation Biology at the British Antarctic Survey and is currently Chair of Global Seabird Programme of BirdLife International. Amongst his many honours he was also awarded the BOU’s Godman Salvin Medal in 2004.

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