- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The American Society of Naturalists has presented one of its highest honors to a University of Wyoming professor.

The organization awarded its E.O. Wilson Naturalist Award to Craig Benkman, professor in the UW Department of Zoology and Physiology.

The award recognizes mid-career investigators who have made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms.

Benkman was cited for his decades of year-round field study, aviary experiments and quantitative syntheses that have produced an exceptional body of work on the ecology and co-evolution of seed predators.

To date, Benkman is credited with 73 publications appearing in scientific journal. He has garnered more than $1.5 million in federal, state and private funds.

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