2017 Awards

2017 Award Recipients

The following awards were presented at the TWS-WS Banquet on Wednesday February 8, 2017 by TWS-WS President Rachel Sprague.

The Raymond F. Dasmann Award for the Professional of the Year went to Dr. Richard T. Golightly. Standing next to Dr. Golightly is former student (and TWS-WS past-president) John McNerney.


  • B.S. in Biology. 1972. University of California, Irvine, CA.
  • M.S. in Zoology. 1976. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • Ph.D. in Zoology. 1981. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ.

Professional Employment:

  • 2012 – Present Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California 95521.
  • 1981 – 2012 Professor, Department of Wildlife, Humboldt State University.
  • 1980 – 1981 Research Assistant, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287.
  • 1978 – 1980 Instructor, Wildlife Management, General Ecology, Department of Zoology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Honors and Awards:

  • 1998-99 Scholar of the Year, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
  • April 2003, Professional of the Year, North Coast Chapter of the Wildlife Society.


  • Directly supervised more than 50 MS students who now hold positions in government, academia, NGOs, forest industry, and private consulting during his 45 yrs. of teaching and research.
  • Research includes work with Kit Fox, Elk, Fisher, Marten, Coyotes, and Red Fox. Starting in early 90’s work with seabirds including Common Murre, Marbled Murrelet, Scripps’s Murrelet, Cassin’s Auklet, Western Gull, and Storm Petrels.
  • Has conducted research in California, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Washington, Midway Island, and Paraguay.
  • Murrelet research has included capture and radio-telemetry investigations of at-sea movements, nesting, and predation.  Video was used to capture predation on eggs and incubation.  This research has led to strategies to protect eggs through aversive conditioning of jays.
  • Present research activities include the Common Murre Restoration Project in central California (on-going for 20 years), Castle Rock Seabird Project (on-going 10 years), baseline studies for seabirds in the north coast Marine Protected Areas, Diet of Marbled Murrelets in the California.
  • Castle Rock project using remote-controlled video to assess productivity and food deliveries by Common Murre. Research has allowed scientists to assess changes in food and productivity over 10 years.
conservationist_2017 The Conservationist of the Year Award went to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). Accepting for TRPA is Thomas Lotshaw and Morgan Beryl.

  • In the late 1960s, legislation was adopted in Nevada and California to create the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The legislation was then passed by Congress and signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1969.
  • The Bi-State Compact between California and Nevada gave TRPA authority to adopt environmental quality standards for water quality, air quality, soil conservation, vegetation, fisheries, wildlife, scenic resources, noise, and public recreation.
  • Since 1997, partners have invested approximately $2 billion and implemented nearly 500 projects including:
    • Restored 16,343 acres of wildlife habitat
    • Restored 1,558 acres of stream environment zones
    • Treated 65,380 acres of forest to reduce hazardous fuels and catastrophic wildfire risk
    • Upgraded 729 miles of roadway in the basin to reduce erosion and stormwater pollution that harms Lake Tahoe’s water clarity
    • Constructed or improved 152 miles of bike and pedestrian routes
    • Inspected 46,853 motorized watercraft for aquatic invasive species
    • Treated 41 acres in the lake for invasive clams and plants

The Chapter of the Year Award went to the California Central Coast Chapter.

Achievements and contributions to the Society and the wildlife profession made by the California Central Coast Chapter during the past year include:

  • California Central Coast Annual Wildlife Symposium, March 25, 2016
  • Aquatic Herpetofauna Workshop, April 23-24, 2016
  • Ongoing Aquatic Habitat Restoration, May 2016
  • Field Trip, Vandenberg Air Force Base, July 16, 2016
  • San Joaquin Kit Fox Ecology, Conservation, and Survey Techniques Workshop, October 17-20, 2016
  • Hi Mountain Condor Lookout 14 Annual Open House Camp Out, October 1, 2016
  • San Luis Obispo County and Agency Biologist Training Workshop, October 26, 2016
  • Western Monarch Wintering Survey Protocol Techniques Workshop, November 12, 2016
  • Certified Wildlife Biologist Workshop, December 3, 2016

The Barrett A. Garrison Mentor of the Year Award went to Barbara Peters.

Barbara Peters worked at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, as a Career Counselor for 30 years. At HSU, she specialized in helping students (undergrads and graduate students) in the natural resources and sciences with career decision-making, gaining summer job & internship experiences, and professional job hunting upon graduation.

Prior to her time at HSU, she worked for 5 years in the Career Planning and Placement Office at Idaho State University. She obtained her B.A. degree in Political Science (1971) and her M.A.Ed. in Student Personnel Work in Higher Education (1976) from Idaho State University. She lives in Eureka, CA with her fisherman husband and a Springer Spaniel, Maizey – they have raised 2 litters of Springer Spaniels over the years. Barbara has been presenting these workshops at The Western Section since 2007 and at the TWS Annual Meeting since 2009.

James D. Yoakum Award Recipient for Outstanding Service and Commitment to The Western Section of The Wildlife Society went to Don Armentrout.


1978 – 1984: Nevada Chapter Representative to the Western Section

1984: President – Elect of the Western Section

1985: President of the Western Section

1986-1989: Western Section Representative to the National Board

1995-1996: Nevada Chapter Representative to the Western Section

career_2017 Special Recognition of Career Achievement Award went to Dr. Patrick Mock

Dr Mock has over 30 years of professional experience as a wildlife biologist and environmental consultant. He has served as principal investigator for studies of endangered wildlife, directing and participating in field investigations, data analysis, and preparation and review of technical reports and mitigation plans. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist®, a Certified Senior Ecologist, and a Certified Project Manager. Dr. Mock has fifteen publications in peer-reviewed science
journals related to wildlife ecology, ornithology, and habitat conservation.

Dr. Mock has extensive national and international experience in the assessment of impacts on biological resources, especially in relation to wetland ecosystems, coastal sage scrub, and endangered species. He is a recognized expert in the ecology of the federal threatened California Gnatcatcher, and has done detailed behavior studies of California Least Tern, Western Bluebird, and a variety of water birds and raptors (birds of prey).  Pat is also known for regional conservation planning and wildlife movement assessments.

The 2017 TWS Distinguished Service Award went to Bill Standley.

Bill Standley has had a long and distinguished career

as a biologist in both California and Hawaii and has demonstrated his commitment to TWS and TWS-WS since early in his career. Bill has been a long standing member of the Western Section and was the Hawaii Chapter Representative from 2005-2010.

He was at the forefront of TWS’ digital presence, preparing, maintaining, and improving web pages at the Section level, and for multiple chapters. Bill was TWS-WS webmaster from 1997-2008 and served as an invaluable resource for online services for years, and is a willing mentor for new professionals interested in Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Regulation. For work, he has been involved in some high-profile conservation and policy issues, including illegal seabird take and HCP Coordination.

In 2009 Bill received TWS-WS James D. Yoakum Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to The Western Section of The Wildlife Society. The “James D. Yoakum Award” is intended to recognize individuals who have provided outstanding, long-term service, support, and commitment to the Western Section of The Wildlife Society.
Qualifications of Nominee: The nominee must be a member of The Wildlife Society and of The Western Section and must have dedicated a substantial amount of time, energy, and personal sacrifice to furthering the Section’s goals and facilitating its programs and operations.


The following TWS-WS member received a past-presidents pin for his service to the Western Section:

Don Yasuda, Past-President 2016

The following TWS-WS members received plaques for their service to the Western Section:

Rachel Sprague, President 2016
Dr. Ralph Guierrez, President-Elect 2016

Sal Chinnici, California North Coast Chapter Representative 2015-2016

Janae Scruggs, Secretary 2014-2016

Student Presentation winners:

Oral Presentations

1st  Justin White.  A versatile method of modeling urban density for ecological research.  University of Nevada, Reno

2nd Justin Demianew.  Effects of invasive brook trout removal on a herpetofauna community in the Klamath Mountains, USA.  Humboldt State University

3rd Phillip Street.  Minimizing model and design based sources of bias when estimating juvenile survival from counts of offspring with a marked parent.  University of Nevada, Reno

Poster Presentations

1st Elizabeth Meisman.  Osprey Nest Site Selection.  Humboldt State University

2nd Patrick Tweedy.  Do Pacific martens use different rest structures based on seasonal activity patterns?  Oregon State University

2nd Miranda Crowell.  Trap success and initial population estimates of pygmy rabbits in the Great Basin.  University of Nevada, Reno