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The Beauty of Science

February 11, 2013

The Beauty of Science

Katherin Barboza Márquez, a 2008 STRI fellow from Bolivia, won one of 15 coveted 2012 UNESCO-L'Oréal International Fellowships for women in science

Katherin Barboza Márquez, a 2008 STRI fellow from Bolivia, won one of 15 coveted 2012 UNESCO-L'Oréal International Fellowships for women in science. Thanks to this award, Katherin, who studied bat habitat on forest edges and islands of the Barro Colorado Nature Monument, will draw up a plan for bat conservation in urban areas at the National Museum of Natural Science in Madrid, Spain.

In addition to Katherin, several other STRI alumni have been honored by L'Oreal. Venetia Briggs, a 2007 International Fellow, studied red-eyed tree frog behavior with Karen Warkentin from Boston University. Now Venetia directs the Lamanai Field Research Center in Belize and is a wildlife ecologist at the University of Florida's Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center.

In 2009, Nathalie Seddon, a Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, used her fellowship to study evolution of ant bird songs in Gamboa. In addition, Serian Sumner, a professor at the Institute of Zoology in London, studied gene expression in Polistes wasps at Galeta Point Laboratory.

“As a company driven by research, we know that science must take full advantage of all our planet's intellectual resources,” said JeanPaul Agon, the Chairman and CEO of the L'Oréal Foundation.

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