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Stony Brook University professor Patricia C. Wright is a renowned lemur expert and discovered the golden bamboo lemur in 1986. She persuaded the Madagascar government to establish Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, which protects the species Wright discovered and one other.(Credit: ICTE / Patrick Daniels)

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3 Stony Brook scientists are prize finalists

Three of the six finalists for this year's Indianapolis Prize, billed as the world's leading award for animal conservation, are faculty members at Stony Brook University. Russell A. Mittermeier, who has used the concept of biodiversity "hotspots" to help raise $1 billion for critical habitats; author and sustainability advocate Carl Safina, founder of the Blue Ocean Institute; and Patricia C. Wright, discoverer and defender of lemurs in Madagascar, are in the running for the $250,000 prize.