LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyomingadjunct professor has been selected to receive a leading award for animal conservation.

Steven Amstrup is being recognized with the 2012 Indianapolis Prize for his research into polar bears.

Amstrup works through the UW Department of Zoology and Physiology.

He was selected from among a group of six other finalists for the award, which is presented by the Indianapolis Zoo.

The prize includes an unrestricted award of $100,000 and the Lilly Medal.

Amstrup led the international team of researchers whose reports became the basis for the 2008 listing of polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.