Awards

The AFS Genetics Section provides three ongoing awards each year, including the Stevan Phelps Memorial Award, the James E. Wright Graduate Award (applications due June 2017), and the Genetics Section Early Career Award (nominations due 30 June 2017). See below for descriptions of these awards and application information. Please also see our Hall of Excellence page for instructions on nominating professionals who have made outstanding contributions to our field (nominations due 15 April).

Stevan Phelps Memorial Award

Christine Kozfkay accepts the Stevan Phelps award on behalf of Fisch et al.

Christine Kozfkay accepts the Stevan Phelps award on behalf of Fisch et al.

The Stevan Phelps Memorial Award was created in 2000 as a perpetual memorial to Steve who died prematurely from cancer in 1999. The award, which honors Steve’s strong commitment to publication of applied genetic research in fisheries, will be given annually for the best genetics paper published in an AFS journal the preceding year. Selection is made by the Phelps Award Committee in mid-June of each year.

Awardees for 2016:
Kathleen M. Fisch, Christine C. Kozfkay, Jamie A. Ivy, Oliver A. Ryder, and Robin S. Waples were awarded for their paper, “Fish Hatchery Genetic Management Techniques: Integrating Theory with Implementation” in the North American Journal of Aquaculture 77:343-357.



James E. Wright Graduate Award

Jackman Eschenroeder (left) and Nathan Lucas (right) accepting their James E. Wright awards.

Jackman Eschenroeder (left) and Nathan Lucas (right) accepting their James E. Wright awards.

The James E. Wright Graduate Award is given in the memory of Jim Wright, one of the founders of fish genetics research and education in North America. The work of Jim Wright and his students combined classical chromosome studies with allozyme inheritance and helped shape our understanding of the salmonid genome. The award is presented annually at the Genetics Section meeting during the AFS Annual Meeting to recognize excellence in graduate-level work in fisheries genetics and to assist graduate students with travel to the national meeting. For application instructions, click HERE.

Awardees for 2016:
Nathan Lucas, University of Connecticut
“Using Riverscape Genetics to Inform Conservation of Eastern Brook Trout Populations”
Co-advisors: Jason Vokoun, Amy Welsh

Jackman Eschenroeder, Georgia Southern University
“Hybridization and Replacement of Roanoke Bass with Invasive Rock Bass in Virginia: A Genetic Analysis of the Problem”
Advisor: Jamie Roberts



Genetics Section Early Career Award
scott-pavey-ecaThe Genetics Section Early Career Award is given annually and recognizes the contribution of early-career researchers to the field of fisheries genetics. The goal of this award is to promote innovative and particularly applicable genetics research, increase interest in fisheries genetics careers, and enhance professional connections among fisheries geneticists. The candidate’s genetics work should be applicable to the Society’s mission to “improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science”. The award will be presented at the Genetics Section meeting during the AFS Annual Meeting. For nomination instructions, click HERE.

Awardee for 2016: Dr. Scott Pavey, University of New Brunswick




For past awardees, please click HERE.