2020 Award Recipients
The following awards were presented at the TWS-WS Banquet on Wednesday February 5, 2020 by TWS-WS President Matthew Bettelheim.
|The Chapter of the Year Award went to the Sacramento-Shasta Chapter. Accepting for the Sacramento-Shasta Chapter was current Chapter President.
Among the many accomplishments in 2019, the Sacramento-Shasta Chapter held Wildlife Disease and Toxicology Workshop attended by 30 local wildlife students and professionals raising substantial funds for the Student Chapter. They also held numerous field and science events including: On the Evolution and Conservation of Premature Migration in Pacific Salmon; Selected Aspects on Pond Turtle Nesting Ecology; and Status, Challenges, and Solutions to Reintroducing Central Valley Salmonids. Additional accomplishments include Updating the Chapter bylaws with the Executive Board spending substantial time and effort to ensure that the bylaws reflect the current environments, create a done request form, and reassessing the scholarship process. They released a thrice yearly newsletter and provided numerous donations to organizations including the City Nature Challenge for Sacramento, Creek Week, March for Science, Nature Bowl, education outreach event with Save Our Sandhill Cranes to be conducted in 2020, and finally five travel scholarships.
|The Conservationist of the Year Award went to Save the Redwoods League. Accepting for the Save the Redwoods League was Kristen Shive, Director of Science.
Since their founding in 1918, Save the Redwoods League, a nonprofit organization, has been singularly focused on protecting redwoods. The League has protected more than 200,000 acres of redwood forests and helped create 66 redwood parks and reserves by purchasing redwood forests and the surrounding land needed to nurture them. They have restored redwood forests by innovating science and technology that can improve stewardship and accelerate forest regeneration. And most important, they have touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people by connecting them to nature. The League’s work is grounded in the principles of conservation biology, research and improving our collective understanding and appreciation of the redwoods.
|The Barrett A. Garrison Mentor of the Year Award went to Jeffrey Wilcox
Jeffery T. Wilcox is a California ecologist who has conducted field work in central California for nearly 30 years. Mr. Wilcox has worked with wildlife species from Mexico (California red-legged frogs) and southern California (spotted skunk and feral pigs) to northern California (California grasslands and declining amphibians). Among fellow ecologists and biologists Jeffery Wilcox has a reputation for being easy to work with, biologically minded, fair and respectful, and above all, interested in the pursuit of knowledge. The style of Mr. Wilcox is one that includes his interest in gaining, but also in disseminating knowledge. Among the numerous letters received for his nomination packet were the following comments:
|The Raymond F. Dasmann Award for the Professional of the Year went to Dr. Deana Clifford.
Dr Clifford has been a wildlife veterinarian with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) since 2009 and senior wildlife veterinarian since 2015. She has received local and international recognition in the field of wildlife veterinary advancement and innovation for her role in the novel care and treatment of burned wildlife, working on emerging wildlife disease and toxicant issues such as Snake Fungal Disease, White Nose Syndrome in bats, canine distemper virus, mange, anticoagulant rodenticide exposure, and ecological impacts of trespass cannabis cultivation. Both at the Department and at UC Davis, Dr. Clifford provides advice and support to graduates students and new professionals through formal participation as a graduate advisor, an assistant professor as a veterinary residency coordinator and through informal coaching and personal encouragement.
|The James D. Yoakum for Outstanding Service and Commitment to The Western Section of The Wildlife Society went to John McNerney.
John has demonstrated his commitment to TWS-WS since early in his career. He has been a long-standing member of TWS-WS and has held numerous positions on the Board including President-Elect 2010, President 2011, Past President 2012, and Treasurer since 2013. John has served on numerous committees over the years and volunteered at many TWS-WS conferences early in his professional career. Has remained a long-term advocate for the Western Section and a significant influence in Executive Board development, communication and effectiveness and took o the task of finishing getting the Transactions scanned and put online.
John has been a great resource not only for the UC Davis Student Chapter but also the Sacramento Shasta Chapter. He is more than willing to participate in the Student Professional Mixer, student activities, but also in responding to questions from Sacramento-Shasta Chapter members regarding procedures of TWS and Western Section let it be over phone, email or cold beverage.
|The TWS Fellows Award was awarded to Dr. Kelley Stewart
This award recognizes current TWS members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to the wildlife profession and have been members for at least 10 years. TWS Fellows serve as ambassadors of The Wildlife Society and are encouraged to engage in outreach and other activities that will benefit and promote both TWS and the wildlife profession.
|The TWS Distinguished Service Award was awarded to Dr. Reginald H. Barrett
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes TWS members who have made a long-term commitment to the Society based on at least 20 years of membership and their actions to further the mission of the Society. The member is someone who is/was “always there” and could be counted on to serve the chapter, section, or international organization. Since recipients are selected by the Sections, the Distinguished Service Award provides an opportunity to recognize dedicated individuals who have provided exceptional service primarily to Chapters and/or Sections.
The following TWS-WS member received a past-president’s pin for service to the Western Section:
Jeff Davis, Past-President 2019
The following TWS-WS members received plaques for their service to the Western Section:
Matthew Bettelheim, President 2019
Kelly Holland, President-Elect 2019
Carlos Alvarado, Sacramento-Shasta Chapter Representative 2017-2019
Cynthia Perrine, Section Representative 2013-2019
Student Presentation winners:
1st Place– Sophie Preckler-Quisquater, DOES NATURAL SELECTION AFFECT GENE FLOW BETWEEN NONNATIVE AND NATIVE RED FOX POPULATIONS? (UC Davis)
2nd Place – Anna Jordan, THE COLOR OF CONSERVATION: ANALYZING COLOR POLYMORPHISM IN THE GIANT GARTERSNAKE (UC Davis)
3rd Place (tie) Ryan Baumbusch, DIET COMPOSITION OF BARRED OWLS (STRIX VARIA) IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST (Oregon State) and Anna Cassady, WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS AND ENDANGERED & THREATENED WILDLIFE SPECIES OVERLAP IN CALIFORNIA WATERSHEDS (UC Riverside)
1st Place – Taylor Davis, OPTIMIZING TISSUE SAMPLING AND EXTRACTION PROTOCOLS FOR NEXT-GENERATION GENOMIC SEQUENCING (UC Davis)
2nd Place – Rachel Morrow, USE OF DNA SEQUENCING TO IDENTIFY THE ORIGIN OF NORTHWESTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN POND TURTLES IN CAPTIVE BREEDING PROGRAMS (Fresno State)
3rd Place – Amanda Coen, GOING BEYOND BROODSTOCK BASED CONSERVATION: GENETIC DIVERSITY IN WHITE STURGEON (ACIPENSER TRANSMONTANUS) REPATRIATED LARVAE IN THE SNAKE RIVER, IDAHO (UC Davis)