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27 January 2022

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St Hugh’s Fellow honoured in the annual Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

Professor Erin E Saupe - Tutor in Palaeobiology

Professor Erin Saupe, St Hugh’s Tutor in Palaeobiology is one of nine UK recipients of the 2022 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, in recognition of her work using the fossil record to understand how species respond to environmental changes over both long and short timescales.

Erin was recognised as a Finalist in the life sciences category of the 2022 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. The awards, issued by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences are the largest unrestricted prize available to UK scientists aged 42 or younger. They are fast becoming internationally recognised among the scientific community as instrumental in expanding the engagement and recognition of young scientists, and providing a strong foundation on which science can prosper.

Erin investigates the interactions between life and environments over geological time scales. By integrating fossil records and modern data, she creates models that characterise how species and communities respond, allowing her to forecast future changes to Earth’s biodiversity as a result of climate change. This is critical because humans rely on Earth’s biodiversity for survival and climate-change-induced disruption to ecosystems, including the extinction of species, could impact our standard of living and ability to persist on this planet.

Erin said ‘I am very grateful to the Blavatnik Family Foundation for this incredible honour. I was so surprised to be named a Finalist, and I am humbled and honoured to receive this accolade.’

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