Andie Ang, who cut her teeth on banded leaf monkey studies in Singapore, is now at the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder pursuing her PhD.
She just informed us that she is a finalist in the 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise! Woo-hoo, congratulations Andie!
More than 1,800 applications were submitted from 129 countries. Five of the 22 finalists will become Young Laureates for Rolex Awards (under 30 years old), to be announced in June this year. Young Laureates will receive $50,000 Swiss francs to advance projects in science, environment, exploration, and cultural heritage.
Andie’s proposed project is on reconnecting populations of endangered Indochinese silvered langurs (Trachypithecus germaini) in Vietnam using aerial bridges, and quantifying the success using field and genetic data. This has not been attempted for wildlife canopy ladder projects. This funding would alleviate the danger of her largely self-funded field studies in Vietnam coming to a halt.
This listing is already an honour and Andie is very excited to reach the final round.
We are too, and wish her all the best!
See the short film she made, “Conserving Colobines: Saving Endangered Leaf Monkeys in Việt Nam” – Andie Ang’s pre-dissertation work [link].