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.

Nominations for the 2018 Science Awards may be made by Service employees and are due October 22, 2018. Nominations must be submitted online through the Science Awards SharePoint site (FWS employees only).

View the nomination guidelines for the Service's Science Awards

View the list of past Science Award Winners



2017 Science Award Recipients


2017 Rachel Carson Award for Exemplary Scientific Accomplishment
Matthew Butler, Region 2, Biometrician, Division of Biological Sciences, Refuges

Dr. Matthew Butler is helping to ensure that the best available, high quality scientific and scholarly information is available to advance stewardship for whooping cranes and lesser prairie-chickens. Learn more.

2017 Sam D. Hamilton Award for Transformational Conservation Science
Bill Uihlein, Region 4, Assistant Regional Director, Science Applications

Bill Uihlein has been a driving force in efforts to unite conservation leaders from 15 state and 13 federal agencies in support of a shared, long-term vision for their landscape called the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). Learn more.

2017 Science Leadership Award
Martin (Marty) Miller, Region 5, Chief, Division of Endangered Species

Marty Miller has established himself as an unparalleled thought leader related to all things Endangered Species Act (ESA) and is unwavering in his dedication to ensuring the best science is appropriately applied to decisions and empowering his high-functioning team to "be science leaders." Learn more.


Last updated: September 5, 2018

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