Dr Lisa Wedding honoured with prestigious Royal Geographical Society award

2 May 2023

Worcester's Fellow and Tutor in Geography, Dr Lisa Wedding, is the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s (RGS) Cuthbert Peek Award. The Cuthbert Peek Award recognises “those advancing geographical knowledge of human impact on the environment through the application of contemporary methods” and is part of a series of annual awards from the RGS that recognise extraordinary achievement in the field of geography.

At Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment, Dr Wedding is the Principal Investigator of the Oxford Seascape Ecology Lab and an Associate Professor in Physical Geography. Her research seeks to advance the theoretical foundation in the emerging field of seascape ecology and develop novel techniques to map and model change in the ocean. The Cuthbert Peek Award recognises her significant contributions to advancing contemporary methods for marine environmental remote sensing in the past 15 years.

Speaking about this honour, Dr Wedding said: "I am honoured to receive the RGS Cuthbert Peek Award. This recognition is shared with all of my colleagues that have worked towards advancing our research applications to support marine management and conservation. Working together has allowed for us to bring the diverse perspectives needed to develop novel techniques to address complex marine environmental problems."

These prestigious awards and medals recognise excellence in geographical research, fieldwork, teaching and public engagement, and are awarded by the RGS (with IBG), founded in 1830 for "the advancement of geographical science". They are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding achievements and recent recipients include Worcester's own Professor Heather Viles, Senior Research Fellow and Associate Head (Research) in the Social Sciences Division. On 5th June, Dr Wedding will be attending the RGS’s annual celebration day in London, where she will be presented with this award by the Royal Geographic Society’s President alongside 22 other outstanding contributors.