Call for nominations

Dear Colleagues,

Each year, the Field Museum presents the Parker/Gentry Award to a champion of environmental conservation. The award is named for two remarkable scientists and friends of the Museum: Ted Parker and Al Gentry, who lost their lives while doing their powerful conservation work in the field.

This award is one way the Field Museum highlights inspiring, under-recognized conservation heroes. I ask you to consider making a nomination for the 2022 Parker/Gentry Award, which will honor a path-breaking individual, team, or organization working in the following focus area: Conservation During The COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Field’s own science and conservation work has been changed by the pandemic. New initiatives directly respond to COVID-19, including our pandemic collections initiative, nature-based healing and wellness programs, and virtual training and engagement. At the same time, existing work has been transformed to sustain impact during this period; one example is the virtual models for community science through Collections Club/WeDigBio and the Monarch Community Science Project.

We seek nominations of unsung heroes who have found new ways to champion nature and people during this global public health emergency. Nominees should have leveraged novel strategies to persist and advance conservation work despite the challenges posed by this global health emergency.

Parker/Gentry awardees:

  • are making a significant impact to preserve the world's natural heritage
  • have pioneered actions and approaches that can serve as a model for others
  • will benefit from wider publicity and fuller dissemination of their accomplishments
  • undertake efforts relevant to the mission of the Field Museum and its collections

Please share this call for nominations with your networks.

In your nomination please send a CV or institutional bio for the candidate and a written description that explains how they meet the criteria for the award (above). Send your nominations to Lesley de Souza ( by Friday, November 5, 2021.