A School of Environmental and Forest Sciences associate professor is one of six University of Washington professors to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, according to an announcement July 2 from the White House. The award, also known as the PECASE, is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to early career scientists and engineers “who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.”

Laura Prugh, an associate professor of environmental and forest sciences, was nominated by the National Science Foundation.

Prugh is a wildlife ecologist whose research explores interactions among species and the response of wildlife communities to global change. Prugh was nominated for her work that looks at the effects large carnivores have on smaller carnivores, particularly as animal distributions change rapidly worldwide. As part of this project, Prugh is studying the impacts gray wolves have on coyotes and bobcats as wolves naturally recolonize Washington state.