CERF 2019 Scientific Awards

Nominations

Scientific Awards Nominations for CERF 2019 are now open! Please submit your nominations by 5 April, 2019. Committees will choose the award winners in early May. Winners will be announced on the website soon after.

History of the Awards

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) recognizes excellence in and service to the fields of coastal and estuarine science, management and education through several scientific and service awards. The recipients of these awards embody the mission of CERF to advance understanding and wise stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems worldwide by promoting research in estuarine and coastal ecosystems; supporting education of scientists, decision-makers and the public; and facilitating communication among these groups. Awards are presented every two years in conjunction with the biennial conference. The Distinguished Service Award recipient is selected by the CERF President; all other recipients are selected by award committees.

Help us recognize excellence among our colleagues, mentors, and former students and nominate them for a CERF Scientific Award. The nomination deadline is 5 April 2019. The procedures for submitting nominations vary slightly by award, please see below nomination procedure instructions. Nomination packages should be emailed to the CERF Office at [email protected] with the award name in the subject line.

Previous nomination packages may be re-submitted as appropriate; there is no requirement for packages to be updated. By submitting a nomination package, nominators attest that, to the best of their knowledge, the nominee has not violated the CERF Code of Ethics.

If you have questions regarding the awards procedure or nominations, please contact the CERF Scientific Awards Committee Chair Linda Schaffer ([email protected]), or consult with the chair of the specific award subcommittee (emails below).

Previous CERF Award Recipients

Cronin Award - Early Achievement | Past Recipients

The Cronin Award is named for Dr. L. Eugene Cronin, Sr., the first president of ERF and a significant contributor to estuarine science and our organization. This award recognizes the significant accomplishments of an estuarine scientist who is in the early stages of his/her career development. The recipient will have shown great promise with work carried out during the first six years past the PhD.

Nomination Procedure:

Send a letter that describes the major highlights of the nominee's qualifications and experiences and a full CV. The letter should not exceed five pages. Please include nominee’s name, title, institutional affiliation, phone numbers and email. In addition, one or two supporting letters (see suggestions under the Odum Award) are encouraged for this award.

Submit a Nomination for the Cronin Award

Have questions about this award? Contact Cronin Award chair Ken Dunton at [email protected].


Margaret A. Davidson Award - Stewardship | Past Recipients

This award was established to honor Margaret A. Davidson's distinguished career in coastal resource management and her support of the application of science to the wise stewardship of estuaries and coasts. The Davidson award recognizes an individual that demonstrates extraordinary leadership, service, innovation, and commitment to the management of estuarine and coastal systems. Other CERF awards focus on research and education excellence; this award will recognize those who have worked in the estuarine and coastal arena and excelled in management and policy. 

Nomination Procedure:

Send a letter that describes the individual's contributions to the field of coastal and estuarine policy and management, and a full CV. The nomination should not exceed five pages. Nominees must have demonstrated at least 10 years of extraordinary leadership, service, innovation, and commitment to the management of estuarine and coastal systems. Career contributions may include application of science toward management and policy activities, translation and outreach of findings to engage with citizens and partners, and promoting stewardship of estuarine and coastal systems. Please include nominee's name, title, institutional affiliation, phone numbers and email. In addition, one or two supporting letters (see suggestions under Odum Award) are encouraged for this award.

Submit a Nomination for the Davidson Award

Have questions about this award? Contact Davidson Award chair Bill Dennison at [email protected].


Odum Award - Lifetime Achievement | Past Recipients

The Odum Award is named for the three outstanding ecological scientists in the Odum family: Dr. Howard T. Odum; Dr. Eugene P. Odum; and Dr. William E. Odum, III. This award recognizes the lifetime achievements of an outstanding estuarine scientist. It honors an individual whose record of sustained accomplishments has made important contributions to our understanding of estuaries and coastal ecosystems. 

Nomination Procedure:

Send a letter that describes the major highlights of the nominee's qualifications and experiences and a full CV. The letter should not exceed five pages. Please include nominee’s name, title, institutional affiliation, phone numbers and email. Supporting letters from students (former and/or current), colleagues (institutional and/or disciplinary), supervisors (chairs, deans, VPs, presidents) and/or community leaders/members may be included but are not required. No more than five supporting letters may be submitted.

Submit a Nomination for the Odum Award

Have questions about this award? Contact Odum Award chair Hans Paerl at [email protected].


Pritchard Award - Physical Oceanography Paper | Past Recipients

This award was established to honor Dr. Donald W. Pritchard, whose insightful research on the physical dynamics of coastal systems set the stage for much of the research in physical oceanography that is being conducted today. The Pritchard Award recognizes the author(s) of the best physical oceanography paper published in Estuaries and Coasts within the two-year interval between CERF conferences.

Nomination Procedure:

All physical oceanography papers published in Estuaries and Coasts since the last conference are eligible for this award. No nominations are necessary for this award.

Have questions about this award? Contact Pritchard Award chair Neil Ganju at [email protected].


William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award | Past Recipients

To recognize the central role that education plays in achieving the objectives of our society, the Federation's Governing Board established an award named for a leader in estuarine education, Dr. William A. Niering. The Award is for an individual who has played a particularly important role in education at any level -- from primary school to the graduate level, inside or out of the classroom, or in the education of the general public through outreach activities.

Nomination Procedure:

Nominations must include a supporting letter summarizing the nominee's strengths and noteworthy accomplishments. Please include nominee’s name, title, institutional affiliation, phone numbers and email. Also required are letters from: (a) at least two of the nominee's professional colleagues and (b) four former or current students. 

Submit a Nomination for the William A. Niering Award

Have questions about this award? Contact Niering Award chair Peggy Fong at [email protected].


Coastal Stewardship Award - Stewardship (organization) | Past Recipients

CERF established the Coastal Stewardship Award to honor notable achievements in promoting the wise management of estuarine and coastal systems. This award recognizes specific projects, programs and organizations for their exemplary stewardship activities, including success in management, policy, restoration, and conservation efforts. CERF appreciates the multiple scales at which impacts may be achieved; accordingly, the Coastal Stewardship Awards are occasional awards and may represent a hierarchy of recognition at CERF biennial conferences. If given, one or more awards of recognition could be presented biennially in association with the CERF conferences.

Nomination Procedure:

Send a letter describing the efforts and demonstrated achievements of the project, program, or organization to promote the wise stewardship of coastal or estuarine systems. Nominees may be any clearly-defined organization (or consortia), including non-profits, governmental agencies, academic institutions, volunteer groups, and the for-profit sector. In addition, sub-units within an organization may be nominated (e.g., office within an agency; department within an academic institution). The organization may be located anywhere in the world, and of any size. Letters should describe the specific actions and achievements of the staff, volunteers, and members to demonstrate extraordinary leadership, service, innovation, and commitment to the management of estuarine and coastal systems, with an emphasis on application of science, creativity, and successful outcomes. Please include the name of the organization(s), and a contact person’s name, title, institutional affiliation, phone numbers and email. In addition, one or two supporting letters (see suggestions under the Odum Award) are encouraged for this award.

Submit a Nomination for the Coastal Stewardship Award

Have questions about this award? Contact Coastal Stewardship Award chair Holly Greening at [email protected].