Thursday, 8 September 2011

Devil's Advocates take top prize

A group of Australian scientists known as the Devils' Advocates have taken out a prestigious Eureka prize for their work to prevent the extinction of the Tasmanian devil.

University of Tasmania zoologist Menna Jones, Menzies Research Institute associate professor Greg Woods and Anne Maree Pearse from the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program were part of a team of five awarded the $10,000 Sherman Eureka Prize for environmental research.

Dr Jones said the most important part of the award was highlighting the plight of the devils and the work needed to save them from potential extinction.

She said the team had earmarked the prizemoney to be put directly back into the research.

Professor Hamish McCallum of Griffith University and associate professor Kathy Belov from the University of Sydney also were part of the devil research team.

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