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.The Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Awards are chosen through a process that includes a prestigious external Selection Committee who reviews the nominations and recommends the winner in each category to the Director. Committee members are all scientists and current or former leaders of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Cindy Dohner
(Former) Southeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Over the course of her 24-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cindy Dohner served in a number of positions including as the Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 2009 to 2017. She was the Department of the Interior's authorized official and representative on the RESTORE Trustee Council in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, leading the nine-member Trustee Council's transition from start to finish while handling the largest Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) effort in the nation's history. Cindy has also worked for three state agencies, two other federal agencies, and in the private sector.

Cindy earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from Millersville University and a M.S. in Fisheries and Aquaculture from the University of Rhode Island.

Dale Hall
Chief Executive Officer, Ducks Unlimited

Since 2010, H. Dale Hall has been the CEO of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., America's leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation group. Prior to joining Ducks Unlimited, he spent 31 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, serving as its Director from 2005 to 2009. Before joining the Service in 1978, he spent four years in the U.S. Air Force.

Dale holds degrees in biology and chemistry from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY and a Master's degree in fisheries science from Louisiana State 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.

Deborah Rocque
Assistant Director for Science Applications, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Before being named the Assistant Director for Science Applications in December 2019, Deb served as the Deputy Regional Director for the Service's North Atlantic Appalachian Region. She began her Service career in 2003 with the contaminants program in Alaska and also served as the case manager for the 2004 Selendang Ayo oil spill and was the avian influenza coordinator for the Service's migratory bird program in the Alaska Regional Office. Prior to moving to the Northeast in 2012, Rocque served in Washington D.C. as the Deputy Chief of the Division of Natural Resources and Planning for the National Wildlife Refuge System, where she oversaw fire management, the inventory and monitoring program, air quality, policy, wildlife resources, and refuge planning.

Deb received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Connecticut and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she studied intrinsic markers in avian populations.

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: March 3, 2020

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