Barry Brook wins prestigious Scopus award.

Professor Barry Brook Professor Barry Brook, one of our leaders at the Environment Institute has won the Life Sciences category of the 2013 Scopus Young Researcher Awards.

The Scopus award recognizes researchers under the age of 40 for their output, impact and contribution to their field. Recently, Barry’s work has focused on climate change and biodiversity loss.

Not only has Barry authored over 240 papers, he is in the top 0.1% of cited scientists in environmental and ecology research in the past decade and has attracted more than $18M in funding.

On top of producing all this work, Barry is dedicated to science communication and outreach. His blog Brave New Climate has received over 3.5 million hits since it started in 2008.

“Impact matters, and citations of publications are a vital metric for measuring effectiveness of a scientist. It’s great to be recognised by the Scopus Young Researchers Award 2013 as being someone whose work is being used and built upon by the world’s research community,” says Barry

“For me to be awarded the Life Sciences prize communicates clearly to potential future research stars — from aspiring high-school kids to postgraduate science students — that ecology and conservation biology is an exciting and high-impact discipline where you can make a real difference. It’s a great area in which to work.

“I always try to ensure that my research findings have the highest likelihood of reaching a wide audience. My view is that whether your goal as a scientist is to inform and fascinate the general public, or to change on-ground management practices and influence policy, quality publications and good communication are key.”

Below Barry explains some of his research and its impact with Professor Corey Bradshaw.

Brave New Climate Reaches One Million Hits!

Congratulations Barry Brook – your Brave New Climate site has attracted one million hits!

Professor Barry Brook’s blog on climate change has just achieved a major milestone – one million page hits.  Professor Brook is one of Australia’s leading environmental climate experts at the University of Adelaide.

The blog, called Brave New Climate, has been running since August 2008.  Professor Brook uses the blog to update the public on the latest thinking on climate science and policy, to promote events such as public talks and seminars and to seek feedback from the community.

As well as attracting one million page views, Brave New Climate has received more than 28,000 comments from people engaging in the climate change debate.

Download the full media release or visit Barry Brook’s homepage.

Barry Brook – Community Science Educator of the Year

On Friday the 13th of August Barry Brook was awarded Community Science Educator of the Year at the South Australian Science Excellence awards. Barry was recognised for his contribution to engaging the community about science and its impact on society and the environment.

Motivated by the belief that “effective communication of the science of climate change is fundamental to providing policy makers with the type of evidence required to institute meaningful mitigation policy and to understand available adaptation options,” Barry has taken an active role in communicating science.

In 2008 Barry started bravenewclimate.com which currently receives over 1000 hits a day and has had over 737 000 hits to date. He also regularly contributes to public lectures and workshops and is currently moderating a six part series called Thinking critically about the future. This  six part series explores future energy sources, their environmental effects and the potential new alternative sources we must turn to as traditional resources diminish.

Barry was not the only University of Adelaide scientist recognised at these awards. Professor Tanya Munro, the Director of IPAS was jointly awarded South Australian Scientist of the Year with Professor Angel Lopez, an affiliate with the University. For more information about the other University of Adelaide Scientists who were honoured click here.

Congratulations to Barry for this great honour!