Heather Lynch Receives Blavatnik Award at Ceremony in NYC


Ecology & Evolution Professor Heather Lynch was honored at the 2019 Blavatnik National Awards Ceremony for Young Scientists at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan on September 23. The award includes a $250,000 unrestricted scientific prize.

Lynch, who is also a faculty member of the University’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), was named a national laureate in the Life Sciences category by the award sponsors for “her unique synthesis of cutting-edge statistics, mathematical models, satellite remote sensing and Antarctic field biology to understand the spatial and temporal patterns of penguin colonies to predict population growth, collapse and possible extinction in the face of climate change.”

A faculty member at Stony Brook since 2011, Lynch has received international recognition for her research as a quantitative ecologist monitoring Antarctic penguin populations, including the Adélie penguin. Her work with Adélie penguins in particular has provided key data on the health of the Southern Ocean ecosystem.

At the award ceremony, Lynch was interviewed by Dr. Brooke Grindlinger, Chief Scientific Officer of the New York Academy of Sciences, via Facebook Live about technology, science and climate change.