Finnish scientist wins Swedish bioscience prize

Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences has awarded Finnish scientist Ilkka Hanski the 2011 Crafoord Prize in Biosciences for his pioneering studies on how spatial variation affects plants and animals.

The 57-year-old will receive the 4 million kronor ($604,000) prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on May 10 in the presence of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The academy said Thursday that Hanski's work is used widely to investigate how animals and plants are affected by urbanization, deforestation and climate change.

Hanski has a Ph.D. in Zoology from England's Oxford University and currently works as a research professor at the Academy of Finland.

The Crafoord award has been given annually since 1982 for scientific research in areas not covered by the Nobel Prizes.