Science Excellence



Science Awards


The Science Awards were established to recognize that effective wildlife management and conservation is founded on innovative scientific inquiry and principles. As the Service faces increasingly complex challenges, the value of current scientific information is rapidly increasing. The awards are meant to recognize the outstanding efforts of the agency’s scientists and technical staff.

The Science Leadership Award recognizes a Service employee’s exemplary practice and support of scientific activities to improve the Service’s knowledge and management of fish and wildlife resources. The Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence recognizes exemplary scientific contributions to achieving extraordinary results in fish and wildlife conservation. The Rachel Carson Award is given in two categories - individual and group.

View all rules/regulations and submit a nomination on the SharePoint submission site (FWS employees only): https://fishnet.fws.doi.net/regions/9/OSA/ScienceAwards

Link to non-FWS site. View photos of 2013 Science Award winners on Flickr.




Science Leadership Award - 2013

Photo of Lisa Williams, PhD. Credit: USFWSLisa Williams, PhD

Dr. Lisa Williams is passionate about conserving and protecting our nation’s natural resources. She is highly regarded and recognized for her scientific expertise and leadership skills both within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and by federal, state, and local partners. From her work on the Deepwater Horizon Spill response to mentoring the future generation of conservation leaders, Lisa’s leadership and dedication to conservation are an inspiration to everyone she works with. Learn more.





Science Leadership Award, Honorable Mention – 2013

Photo of Rosemarie Gnam, PhD. Credit: USFWS Rosemarie Gnam, PhD

As Chief of the Division of Scientific Authority in the International Affairs Program, Dr. Rosemarie Gnam provides scientific support for the implementation of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). Rosemarie’s work and leadership have been demonstrated both domestically and internationally in the protection of many species including sharks, red and pink corals, Bluefin tuna, paddlefish, tortoises and freshwater turtles, polar bears, and American ginseng. Learn more.





Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence (Individual) – 2013

Photo of Jess W. Jones, PhD. Credit: USFWSJess W. Jones, PhD

Dr. Jess Jones is a national leader in freshwater mussel conservation and restoration. Freshwater mussels are the most imperiled group of animals in the country with a number of species teetering on the brink of extinction. Jess fosters partnerships and has developed innovative techniques critical to the restoration of multiple mussel species. Working in the lab and the field, Jess and his team have demonstrated recovery success for multiple imperiled mussels. Learn more.








Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence (Group) - 2013

Photo of James Bowker, Molly Bowman, Dan Carty, and Niccole Wandelear. Credit: USFWSU. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program: James Bowker, Molly Bowman, Dan Carty, Niccole Wandelear

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program (AADAPP) Research Program generates high quality data to support fish drug approval, making safe and effective fish drugs available to Service and other fisheries professionals. AADAPP staff – James Bowker, Molly Bowman, Dan Carty, and Niccole Wandelear – are fish biologists with specialized skills and are leading experts in the country on conducting research and generating fish drug approvals in the United States. Learn more.

Last updated: September 3, 2014

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