With news of his impending national award, Professor Dale Webber, principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has won the praise of colleagues for his decades-long contribution to conservation.
"It is a joy to see recognition of an outstanding environmental scientist. Professor Webber has a fine record of research, teaching and application of marine sciences. He has also provided sound leadership to the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) through a protracted period of transition and challenge," noted Eleanor Jones, head of Environmental Solutions Limited.
Webber has had an outstanding career in coastal ecology and environmental management, together with years of influencing young minds through his career as an educator and researcher. He will receive the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander for outstanding contribution to environmental conservation next month.
"More recently, his academic and administrative accom-plishments in many spheres have led to his appointment as principal of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies. I am proud of his work as an environmental professional trying to make a difference to the quality of life," added Jones, who is herself to be honoured next month for developing environmental management and civic development with the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer.