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World Ecology Award

The fossa is one of the mammals that scientists are studying in Madagascar.
Fidisoa Rasambainarivo

For nearly three decades, the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis has bestowed its World Ecology Award on prominent biodiversity-minded individuals ranging from John Denver to E.O. Wilson. But this year the center is instead honoring a pair of world-class local institutions — the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Zoo — for their critical research and conservation work in Madagascar.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with the center’s interim director, Patty Parker, and with a Malagasy scientist, Fidisoa Rasambainarivo, who is in St. Louis to speak at an upcoming gala where the zoo and garden are being honored.

Beth Maynor Finch

Edward O. Wilson’s long career has been marked by enormous contributions to the field of biology, with an impact on global conservation efforts that is difficult to overstate. All of it grew out of his close attention years ago to something relatively small: the behavior of ants.

Wilson recalled one of his earliest interactions with the insects, a memory from his boyhood in northern Alabama, on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air in conversation with host Don Marsh.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 14, 2011 - As Howard G. Buffett spoke to a desperate, agitated woman during his visit to a remote part of Angola, he found she wanted to give him something he didn't expect -- something, in fact, he'd have to turn down.

She tried to hand him her child.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 18, 2010 - If the word "center" conjures up an image of spokes radiating on a wheel, think of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at the University of Missouri St. Louis as a hub of conservation and ecology initiatives.