The Indianapolis Prize and Ball State University have teamed up yet again to deliver a live webcast featuring 2012 Indianapolis Prize winner Dr. Steven Amstrup, senior scientist at Polar Bears International. “Can Polar Bears Be Saved? A Conversation with Steven Amstrup,” will be a live webcast that features a candid interview with Dr. Amstrup, biographical footage exploring his decades of research on polar bears, and a question and answer session with viewers from around the globe.
Dr. Amstrup joined Polar Bears International in 2010, and he led a team of international researchers that produced nine reports leading to the Secretary of Interior’s decision to put polar bears on the endangered species list. He is also a past chairman of the IUCN polar bear specialist group and has been researching diverse aspects of polar bear ecology in Beaufort Sea since 1980. During the webcast, Dr. Amstrup will explain his fight to save these animals and how and why their habitat is disappearing.
The Indianapolis Prize, established in 2006 by the Indianapolis Zoo, is an award given out every other year to an individual who has made significant conservation efforts for an animal or multiple animal species. The recipient of the award receives $100,000 and the Lilly Medal.