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AWARDS 2020

Aldo Leopold Memorial Award (TWS)
John Organ, USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program (Retired)

C.W. Watson (SEAFWA)
E. “Steve” Miranda, USGS Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

SEAFWA Publication of the Year (2020)
Leslie M. Burger and Katherine E. Abell. 2020. Participation in nature-based recreation by diverse, rural Mississippi youth. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 7: 238–245.

SETWS Best Student Presentation
Mark Turner, Influence of soil amendment on forage quality and vegetation structure in old-field communities, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

SETWS Best Poster Presentation
Nick Masto, Prebreeding migration strategies of mallards wintering in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, Tennessee Tech University.

SEAFWA Wildlife Biologist of the Year
Felicia Sanders, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

SEAFWA Officer of the Year
Corporal Mac Davis, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

TWS Diversity Award
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Diversity Outreach Program

TWS Publications – Edited Book
Kurt C. VerCauteren, James C. Beasley, Stephen S. Ditchkoff, John J. Mayer, Gary J. Roloff and Bronson K. Strickland, Invasive Wild Pigs in North America: Ecology, Impacts, and Management.

TWS Publications – Monograph
Madelon van de Kerk, David P. Onorato, Jeffrey A. Hostetler, Benjamin M. Bolker and Madan K. Oli. 2019. Dynamics, persistence, and genetic management of the endangered Florida panther population. Wildlife Monographs 203.

SEAFWA Director’s Special Recognition Awards
Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center, Oklahoma Fishing Trail, and Oklahoma’s Outdoors Are Always Open Campaign

TWS Fellows
Kelly Douglass, USDA Wildlife Services, North Carolina
Leslie Burger, Mississippi State University


AWARDS 2019

C.W. Watson (SEAFWA)
Alvin A. Taylor, Retired South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

SEAFWA Publication of the Year (2018)
Michael L. Schummer, Allison M. Smith, Richard M. Kaminski, Kevin M. Hunt, Elizabeth St. James, and Houston Havens “Achievement Oriented Effects on Waterfowl-Hunt Quality at Mississippi Wildlife Management Areas

SETWS Student Chapter of the Year
University of Tennessee at Martin Student Chapter

SETWS Best Student Presentation
Ryo Ogawa, Mississippi State University, “Movement Strategies of American White Pelicans During the Annual Cycle”

SETWS Best Poster Presentation
Briana Stewart, Auburn University, “Automated Techniques for Interpreting Game Camera Images from Surveys for Eastern Wild Turkeys

SETWS Wildlife Management Excellence Award
Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division, Southwest Georgia, Region 5 Staff

SEAFWA Wildlife Biologist of the Year
Gary Norman, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

SEAFWA Officer of the Year
Cole Edwards, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

SEAFWA Diversity and Inclusion Awards
Alabama DCNR and Oklahoma DWC

Seth Gordon Award (AFWA)
Ed Carter, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

SFI Conservation Leadership Award
Emily Jo Williams (American Bird Conservancy) and Healy Hamilton (NatureServe)

TWS Diversity Award
Rena Borkhataria, University of Florida, Everglades Research and Education Center and the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

TWS Fellows
Lisa Muller, University of Tennessee
Colleen Olfenbuttel, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission


AWARDS 2018

C.W. Watson (SEAFWA)
Karl V. Miller

Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research
Olin E. Rhodes, Jr.

Conservation Law Enforcement Award (AFWA)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement

Ernest Thompson Seton Award (AFWA)
Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study

Jay N. “Ding” Darling Memorial Award for Wildlife Stewardship Through Art
Chester O. Martin

SEAFWA Publication of the Year (2017)
Andy Little, Gino D’Angelo, Charlie Killmaster, Tina Johannsen, and Karl Miller, “Understanding Deer, Bear, and Forest Trends in the North Georgia Mountains: The Value of Long Term Data”

SETWS Student Chapter of the Year
Virginia Tech Student Chapter

SETWS Best Student Presentation
Paul Burr, Mississippi State University, “Multi-scale Abundance and Distribution Trends of Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) in the Mississippi Delta”

SETWS Best Poster Presentation
Joshua H. Nix, University of Arkansas at Monticello, “Habitat Selection of Male Eastern Wild Turkeys in Arkansas Mountain Regions During Reproduction Periods and Hunting Disturbances”

SEAFWA Wildlife Biologist of the Year
Melynda Hickman

SEAFWA Diversity and Inclusion Award
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

TWS Fellows
Steven Castleberry, Mark Smith


AWARDS 2017

SEAFWA

C.W. Watson (SEAFWA)
Cindy Dohner

SEAFWA Publication of the Year
Gregory D. Balkcom and Bobby T. Bond. An Evaluation of Georgia’s Public Mourning Dove Hunting Demand and Opportunity.

SETWS Student Chapter of the Year
Virginia Tech

SETWS Best Student Presentation
John Yeiser. How Close is Close Enough? SpatiallyTargeted Land Enrollment Improves Private Land Conservation Success.

SETWS Best Poster Presentation
Charles Sanders. Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii, Leptospira spp., and Parvovirus spp. in North American river otter throughout North Carolina.

National Blue-Winged Teal Award
Curtis Hopkins

SEAFWA Wildlife Biologist of the Year
Dan Gibbs, TWRA

SEAFWA Wildlife Officer of the Year
Brad Hasamear, ADCNR

TWS

TWS Excellence in Wildlife Education
Dean Stauffer, Virginia Tech

TWS Wildlife Publication Awards
Edited Book: David E. Andersen, David A. Buehler, Henry M. Streby. Golden-winged Warbler Ecology.

TWS Fellows
Roger Applegate, Eric Pelren


AWARDS 2016

SEAFWA

C.W. Watson 
John Fischer (GA)

SEAFWA Publication of the Year
Tyler Pittman and David Krementz, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Efficacy of Landscape Scale Oak Woodland and Savanna Restoration in the Ozark Highlands of Arkansas

SEAFWA Wildlife Biologist of the Year
W. Matthew Knox (VA)

SEAFWA Wildlife Officer of the Year
Willard E. “Wes” Stewart (SC)

SE-TWS

Student Chapter of the Year
University of Tennessee – Martin

Best Student Presentation
Mirka Zapletal, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Carnivore diet on Louisiana barrier beaches.

Best Poster Presentation
Sam Saunders, Louisiana Tech University,
A comparison of radio tag attachment methods in Henslow’s sparrows.

TWS

Diversity Award
Alix Pedraza (SC)

L. McAtee and G. V. Burger Award
Roger Applegate (TN)

TWS Distinguished Service Award
Stephen Rockwood (FL)

Jim McDonough Award
Reggie Thackston (GA)

TWS Fellows
Darren Miller (MS), Michael Mengak (GA)


AWARDS 2015

SEAFWA

C.W. Watson Award
Todd Holbrook, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (retired)

SE-TWS

Best Paper Award
Jeremy J. Flinn, Stephen Demaris, Bronson K. Strickland, Kenneth L. Gee, Stephen L. Webb, Phillip D. Jones, and Harry A. Jacobson.
“Estimating age and antler traits of photographed male white-tailed deer.”

Best Student Presentation Award
Jordan Nanney, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
“Influences of prescribed fire and herbicide applications on forage availability for cervids in the Cumberland Mountains, TN.”

Best Student Poster Award
Lacey Rucker, Alabama A&M University
“Amphibian use of road ruts as breeding wetlands located in upland hardwood forests on the mid Cumberland Plateau.”

Student Chapter of the Year Award
Virginia Tech Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society

TWS

Aldo Leopold Award
James D. Nichols, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Distinguished Service Award
Randy Spencer, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

Conservation Education Award
Writing, Book: Adam T. Rohnke (Mississippi State University) and James L. Cummins (Wildlife Mississippi)
Writing, Article Series: Mississippi State University Staff

Fellows
Olin Rhodes, University of Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory


 AWARDS 2014

SEAFWA

C.W. Watson Award
Fred A. Harris, North Carolina Wildlife Federation

SE-TWS

Best Paper Award
Jessie L. Birckhead, Craig A. Harper, Patrick D. Keyser, David McIntosh, Elizabeth D. Holcomb, Gary E. Bates, and John C. Waller.
“Structure of Avian Habitat Following Hay and Biofuels Production in Native Warm-season Grass Stands in the Mid-South.”

Best Student Presentation Award
Michael Cherry, University of Georgia
“Predator exclusion decreases white-tailed deer vigilance while foraging.”

Best Student Poster Award
Max Cox, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
“Changes in bat activity in response to prescribed fire and canopy reduction in Tennessee hardwood forests.”

Student Chapter of the Year Award
University of Tennessee – Knoxville

TWS

Aldo Leopold Award
Bob Warren, University of Georgia

Honorary Membership
Dave Steffen, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Distinguished Service Award
Frank Boyd, USDA Wildlife Services, Auburn

Special Recognition Service Award
John Bowers, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Fellows
L. Mike Conner, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center
Sara Schweitzer, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Student Chapter of the Year
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Student Chapter Advisor of the Year
Steven Castleberry, University of Georgia


AWARDS 2013

SEAFWA

C.W. Watson Award

Richard M. Kaminski, Mississippi State University

Wildlife Biologist of the Year

Tim Ivey, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

SE-TWS

Wildlife Management Excellence Award

Forest Management Unit (FMU), Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Best Student Chapter Award

Best Paper Award

Joshua L. Grace, Michael J. Chamberlain, and Darren A. Miller, “Effects of row spacing and debris distribution on deer forage and carrying capacity in newly established loblolly-pine plantations in Louisiana.”

Best Student Presentation Award

Ashley Unger, Oklahoma State University, “Impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on lesser prairie-chicken resource selection and survival in Oklahoma.”

Best Student Poster Award

Lauren Watine, University of Florida, “Diet of another Florida invader:  the coyote.”

Student Chapter of the Year Award

University of Tennessee at Martin

TWS Fellows

Lenny Brennan, Texas A&M University

Loren Wes Burger, Mississippi State University