Australian natural resource scientist, Dr Rob Lesslie, along with his family, have set up a generous new endowment to help promote sustainable management of Australia's natural landscape.
The Lesslie Endowment will recognise Rob's work and passion for conserving Australia's unique natural heritage.
It will provide research grants and scholarships, of up to $15,000 for honours and graduate students, to help with operational expenses for their study. ANU researchers and affiliates will be able to apply for grants of up to $25,000.
Rob Lesslie graduated from ANU with a PhD in Geographical Sciences in 1998.
In his role as Director and Principal Scientist of the Land Use and Management Program in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, he coordinated a national program to promote the development of consistent land use and land management, titled the Australian Collaborative Land Use and Management Program.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO thanked Dr Lesslie and his family for their gift.
"This generous gift by Dr Lesslie and his family is a magnificent contribution to the further study of land conservation in Australia," he said.
Further information about the endowment is available here.