Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Winners Announced | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – US Fish and Wildlife Service

From an invasive reptile trapping system to a nucleic acid barcode that identifies poached and trafficked wildlife products anywhere in the world, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt (TR) Genius Prize winners and their technological innovations will help address conservation challenges and opportunities and engage new communities and diverse ideas. The six prize competitions encourage technological innovation that advances the Service’s mission by preventing wildlife poaching and trafficking, promoting wildlife conservation, managing invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

Learn more about invasive species , protecting endangered species, reducing human-wildlife conflict with nonlethal methods, and reducing human-predator conflict. Each of the 2022 prize winners will receive between $50,000 to $100,000 for their winning innovation submission, totaling $550,000 for the 2022 prize competition.
“As the Service addresses numerous conservation challenges, the 2022 Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competition and future competitions will build a community of innovators with a wide variety of skill sets and perspectives to collaboratively advance resource stewardship,” said Service Director Martha Williams. “These competitions support the larger goals of the America the Beautiful initiative and work being done under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure and economic competitiveness. We were directly appropriated $455 million over five years in BIL funds for programs related to the President’s America the Beautiful initiative.

Learn more about Bipartisan Infrastructure Law . Both efforts underscore the Biden-Harris administration’s all-of-government approach to bolstering climate resilience and protecting natural areas for current and future generations.”
The TR Genius Prize Competitions were established under the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act to award prizes annually and expand opportunities for new partners and networks to share ideas, catalyze new solutions, and spark conservation collaboration across the nation.
Preventing Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking: The NABIT- Rapid, portable genetic testing tool for combating wildlife trafficking by Conservation X Labs and the Thylacine Biosciences Team
Promotion of Wildlife Conservation: Harnessing Machine Learning to Connect Urban Residents to Wildlife Conservation through Social Media by Jason Holmberg, Executive Director, Wild Me, in collaboration with Lincoln Park Zoo’s Seth Magle, Executive Director, Urban Wildlife Information Network
Protecting Endangered Species: Expanding the Use of Photo-Identification Technology to Include Tiny, Flying and Ephemeral species by Jenny Shrum
Managing Invasive Species: A Smart-Trapping System for the Live Capture and Monitoring of Invasive Reptiles by Ben Stookey and Derek Yorks, co-founders of Wild Vision Systems
Promoting Nonlethal Human-Wildlife Conflict: Creating a No-Fly Zone for Nuisance Birds by Boarman, Boarman and Shields through Hardshell Labs
Reducing Human-Predator Conflict Using Nonlethal Means: Cattle-Producer Designed Automated Mineral Bin by Cameron Krebs
The Service partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help administer the prize competition. The competition was also guided by the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Boards. These boards are responsible for selecting topics and issuing problem statements, and they advise the winners of any opportunities regarding development and implementation of the solutions.
The competition received a total of 104 submissions that were evaluated by 31 judges. The Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory Council, managed in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, will hold a public meeting Oct. 4-6, 2022, to hear presentations on the six winners and consider any recommendations for the Secretary of the Interior about potential opportunities for technological innovations related to the winning proposals.
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