Each year, Sigma Xi recognizes distinguished achievements in science and engineering through its Prizes and Awards Program. Dan Rubensteidn was one of four 2018 award winners.
As a behavioral ecologist Rubenstein is changing the game of animal conservation. He studies the Grevy’s zebra in Kenya, an endangered species with a population of approximately 2,800 in Kenya. They were overhunted and outcompeted for water and vegetation over the last 50 years because livestock producers wanted the natural resources only for their animals. To gain citizen support, Rubenstein and his collaborators hired local people as scouts to observe zebras. Scouting provided good income, which convinced communities to share their landscape with the zebras.