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  • Iguana expert wins payout after oil spill wrecks study

An ecologist whose studies of marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands were ruined when the oil tanker Jessica ran aground in January 2001 is to receive US$600,000 compensation.

Princeton University researcher Martin Wikelski says that he will use the money to set up a trust fund for young Ecuadorian scientists.

The payout is part of a US$10 million damages package awarded to the Galapagos National Park by an Ecuadorian court last week.

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Reference: Nature 419, 550 (2002)
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