2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for research on relationships between species and ecosystems

25 March 2014 | Article

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement Executive Committee today named Simon A. Levin, PhD, of Princeton University, the recipient of the 2014 Tyler Prize for his research revealing the complexity of, and relationships between, species and ecosystems.

Levin's work has been fundamental in the crafting of environmental policies and advancing the study of complex ecosystems – the myriad relationships and interactions in nature.

Since its inception in 1973 as one of the world’s first international environmental awards, the Tyler Prize has been the premier award for environmental science, environmental health and energy.

As the winner of the Tyler Prize, Levin will receive a US$ 200,000 cash prize and a gold medal. The Prize, awarded by the international Tyler Prize Executive Committee, which includes IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre, honours exceptional foresight and dedication in the environmental sciences – qualities that mirror the prescience of the Prize’s founders, John and Alice Tyler, who established it while the environmental debate was still in its infancy.

Levin’s research has led the way to a deeper understanding of the interactions among groups of plants and animals living together, to their impact on the environment, to the interplay of different ecosystems – forests, oceans and tidal zones, for example. This research has revealed insights into evolution and the origins of biodiversity, leading to improved management of natural resources, like forests and fisheries, as well as broader environmental policies

Read more about the Tyler Prize and Simon Levin’s work.