Famed entomologist and Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Paul Ehrlich was awarded the 400,000-euro ($543,000) 2014 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the ecology and conservation biology category.

In honoring Ehrlich, a Stanford professor of biology and president of Stanford's Center for Conservation Biology who has demonstrated that interaction between organisms is the main driver of biodiversity generation, the award jury cited his contributions to “key conceptual advances in the science of ecology and conservation biology” and “long-standing influence in other academic disciplines.”

The award, which is given in six categories, recognizes “outstanding contributions and radical advances,” according to a BBVA Foundation statement. In January, Woods Senior Fellow Chris Field (Biology, Earth Sciences, FSI) was honored with the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the climate change category (read more).

The award jury noted that Ehrlich has made “fundamental contributions to the field of ecology” including “pathbreaking concepts such as coevolution, metapopulation dynamics, ecosystem services, and the role of humans in ecological sustainability.” (Read more about Ehrlich.)