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.

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Rachel Carson Award for Exemplary Scientific Accomplishment – 2015
Name: Gail Collins

Gail Collins Supervisory Wildlife Biologist. Credit: A. CollinsAs the Supervisory Wildlife Biologist at the Sheldon-Hart National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Gail Collins led multiple scientific studies to document the severe ecological impacts to wildlife habitat from feral horses and burros. Gail’s investigations provided strong scientific support to justify the controversial and complex decision to remove the feral horse and burro population from Sheldon. With the removal now complete, priority species like pronghorn and greater sage-grouse will benefit from improved habitat in largest intact tracts of sagebrush-dominated habitat in the West Learn more.





Sam D. Hamilton Award for Transformational Conservation Science - 2015
Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment Team

GCVA cover image. Credit: USFWSThe Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) team evaluated the potential impacts of climate, sea level rise, and urbanization on four Gulf Coast ecosystems and 11 associated species to assess their susceptibility to future change and aid in developing adaptation strategies. The GCVA was initiated by the four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives along the Gulf of Mexico—Gulf Coast Prairie, Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks, South Atlantic, and Peninsular Florida LCCs—in collaborative coordination with more than 50 partners. The GCVA will guide conservation and restoration efforts by helping conservation partners across the large Gulf landscape identify vulnerable areas to focus critical resources. Learn more.

Last updated: August 25, 2016

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