Science Excellence



Science Awards Selection Committee


Each year, a prestigious Selection Committee determines the winners of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Awards. Committee members are all scientists and current or former leaders of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Robert Blohm
Migratory Bird Division Chief (retired), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Robert "Bob" Blohm spent 32 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Division of Migratory Bird Management, starting as a staff biologist and eventually becoming Chief in 1997, where he remained until retiring in 2010. In 2012, the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) awarded Bob with the Grinnell Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Natural Resource Conservation. During the award ceremony, WMI President Steve Williams described Bob’s time with the Service as characterized by "unassuming and selfless qualities of character and a dedication to the science and principles of wildlife management."

Bob received a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied the breeding ecology of the Gadwall in southern Manitoba.

Gabriela Chavarria
Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Gabriela "Gaby" Chavarria has served as Science Advisor to the Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since July 2010. As Science Advisor, Gaby serves as counsel to the Service Director and provides leadership on science policy and scientific applications in resource management.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Gaby has a B.S. in Biology from the National University of Mexico, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University where her research focused on Neotropical bumblebees. See detailed biographical info at http://www.fws.gov/science/BioChavarria.html.

Jamie Rappaport Clark
President and CEO, Defenders of Wildlife

Jamie Clark was Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1997 to 2001 and Assistant Director of Ecological Services 1994-1997. Since 2004, she has been with Defenders of Wildlife, a non-profit organization whose mission is the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. Jamie and her husband Jim named their son Carson, after author and scientist Rachel Carson.

Jamie received an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Towson University.

Marshall Jones
Senior Conservation Advisor, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Marshall Jones was Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 2000 to 2007 and the first Assistant Director of International Affairs from 1994 to 2000. He currently serves as Senior Conservation Advisor at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, working primarily on tiger and elephant issues in Asia as well as global conservation partnership building among government agencies, NGOs, and universities. Marshall has received the Presidential Rank Award, numerous Department of the Interior awards, and a lifetime achievement award from the Wildlife Management Institute.

Marshall holds an M.S. in Vertebrate Ecology from Murray State University in Kentucky and a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Michigan.

Steve Williams
President, Wildlife Management Institute

Steve Williams was Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from January 2002 to March 2005. He is currently President of the Wildlife Management Institute, a non-profit organization founded by sportsmen that works toward the goal of improving management of wildlife resources. Steve’s previous positions include Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Deputy Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and Assistant Director for Wildlife for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Steve has a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, and a B.S. in environmental resource management from Pennsylvania State University.

 

 

Last updated: November 15, 2012

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