A new honor awaits Kees Moeliker, who in 2003 was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for biology, for documenting the first scientifically recorded case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck.
Here is the official announcement of the new honor:
Kees Moeliker to receive the 54th Laurens Medal
The 54th Laurens Medal is being awarded to Kees Moeliker, biologist and director of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. The Laurenspenning Foundation expresses its appreciation for the unremitting enthusiasm with which Moeliker draws attention to urban nature in all its manifestations – within the walls of his museum, but also in books, newspapers and magazines and on radio and television.
Biologist Kees Moeliker (9 October 1960) receives the Laurens Medal on Thursday 18 November at 5.30 pm in the Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk in Rotterdam. The celebration speech will be given by Auke-Florian Hiemstra, who, as a biologist at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, conducts research into urban nature (such as the use of plastic waste for nests by coots). The ceremony will be graced with performances by Anne Vegter, Conny Janssen Danst and Arie van der Krogt.
In the photo: Kees Moeliker with a duck call in 2016. Photo (c) Maarten Laupman.