Dr. Sarah Wanless is internationally recognized as a leading and influential marine scientist, with a lifetime focus on seabirds. Her work has included long term studies of a variety of North Atlantic species, particularly murres, puffins, kittiwakes and shags, with groundbreaking research into seabird-prey interactions and the influence of commercial fisheries in seabird ecology. Sarah is based at the United Kingdom’s Center for Ecology and Hydrology and, among other appointments, holds Honorary Professor positions at the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen. During her career, Sarah has mentored more than 30 Doctoral and Masters students. Concurrently, she has served as an expert advisor for European policy makers, particularly on seabird – fisheries interactions. Sarah is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and received the Zoological Society of London Marsh Award for Conservation Biology. With a remarkable 250 papers and two books authored to date, she is an accomplished author and educator.
In recognition of her decades of research on the ecology of Atlantic seabirds and their prey, leading to long-term studies and conservation efforts, her international leadership in education, ecosystem studies, and management that have benefitted seabirds, the Pacific Seabird Group honors Dr. Wanless with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.