Kabelo Senyatso, holding a black koorhanThe CSC and Taylor & Francis are delighted to announce that Dr Kabelo J Senyatso (2007 Commonwealth Scholar from Botswana, PhD Conservation Ecology, University of East Anglia) is the winner of the 2012 Taylor & Francis Commonwealth Scholar Best Journal Article Prize.

A panel of expert judges from different disciplines and backgrounds sat on 13 December 2012 to judge the 2012 competition, for which 76 journal articles had been submitted by Commonwealth Scholars. Concluding a long process of deliberation, including two shortlisting processes, the judges unanimously agreed on the winning article: ‘Assessing range-wide conservation status change in an unmonitored widespread African bird species’ by Dr Kabelo J Senyatso, published in Diversity and Distributions – A Journal of Conservation Biogeography (Volume 19, Issue 2, 2013).

The judges commended Kabelo’s article for being clearly written, covering a wide range of countries, and using narrative and statistical data innovatively. According to the judges, the author clearly demonstrated a methodology that can be used in future research, making it a strong template. Kabelo is currently Director of BirdLife Botswana.

Taylor & Francis GroupThe CSC and Taylor & Francis would like to congratulate Kabelo and look forward to awarding him the prize of £1,500 and a year’s personal subscription to a journal of choice related to the Commonwealth published by Taylor & Francis. The response to the competition was notable and congratulations are extended to all Commonwealth Scholar entrants on the publication of their research.