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Lifetime & Special Achievement Awards

Congratulations to 2017 Lifetime Achievement and Special Achievement Awardees!

In 1993, PSG instituted two awards to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to seabirds. Click the awardee’s name for full details.

PSG Lifetime Achievement Award

A seabird researcher, educator, or conservationist who has made significant, long-term contributions to seabird science, conservation and education in the Pacific Ocean or the world.

For her lifetime of education, research, and international leadership in conservation of seabirds, including opening new frontiers in ecological studies and conservation of penguins in South America, the Pacific Seabird Group honors Dr. Boersma with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

In recognition of her decades of research on the ecology of Atlantic seabirds and their prey, leading to long-term studies and conservation efforts, her international leadership in education, ecosystem studies, and management that have benefitted seabirds, the Pacific Seabird Group honors Dr. Wanless with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

PSG Special Achievement Award

An individual who has performed outstanding, long-term service for the Pacific Seabird Group, or who has achieved an outstanding and significant exemplary accomplishment for the betterment of seabird research, education, and/or conservation, or both.

In recognition of his significant contributions to our knowledge about the ecology and conservation needs of the marbled murrelet, and his work to examine at-sea distribution of seabirds with respect to the Salish Sea and California Current ecosystems, the PSG honors Dr. Raphael with the 2017 Special Achievement Award.

PSG Lifetime and Special Achievement Awards

Year Lifetime Achievement Award Special Achievement Award
2017 P. Dee Boersma, Sarah Wanless Martin Raphael
2016 John F. Piatt, Larry B. Spear Lindsay C. Young, Gus B. Van Vliet
2015 David Ainley
2014 Anthony J. Gaston Vivian Mendenall
2013 Malcolm Coulter
2012 John Cooper
2010 Daniel W. Anderson Franklin Gress
2009 Haruo Ogi Yutaka Watanuki
2008 John P. Croxall Lora Leschner, S. Kim Nelson
2007 Michael P. Harris Edward F. Melvin
2006 G. Vernon Byrd Mark J. Rauzon
2005 Spencer G. Sealy
2004 George L. Hunt
2003 Robert E. Ricklefs
2002 Philip and Myrtle Ashmole
2001 Hiroshi Hasegawa
2000 Richard G. B. Brown Malcolm Coulter, Steven M. Speich
1999 John Warham
1998 George J. Divoky, Craig. S. Harrison
1997 William R. P. Bourne, James G. King, James C. Bartonek (PSG Founders)
1996 Charles J. Guiguet
1995 Miklos D. F. Udvardy
1994 Thomas R. Howell
1993 Karl W. Kenyon Arthur L. Sowls

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