Hall of Excellence

The AFS Genetics Section Hall of Excellence recognizes professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of management or conservation of aquatic species and ecosystems through the application of genetics tools, techniques, or theory. Up to four inductees are entered into the Hall of Excellence per year.

Please click on the inductee name below to view the photo and inscription as it appears on their plaque or take a tour of our Virtual Hall of Excellence to see the plaques of all those inducted since this award program began in 2014.

2016 Inductees:
(no inductees for 2017)

Dr. Louis Bernatchez, Laval University
Dr. Jennifer Nielson, retired
Dr. James E. Seeb, University of Washington
Dr. Lisa W. Seeb, University of Washington

Nomination procedure: Nominations for the Hall of Excellence award can be provided by any Genetics Section member and are due to the Genetics Section President-Elect by 15 April of each year. To download the nomination form for 2017, please click HERE. New for 2017, nomination packages for nominees not inducted can be updated and rolled over for consideration for up to two years.

Nominations should identify individuals (past or present) and explain how they have made a significant contribution(s) to genetics of aquatic organisms, conservation or management-oriented fisheries/aquatic research, or the promotion of genetic applications for fisheries/aquatic resource conservation, protection, and management. Nominee membership in AFS and the Genetics Section are not pre-requisites, but service to AFS and the Genetics Section will be considered in the award process. Nominations should include the name of the nominee; his or her short biography and vitae; an explanation of his or her contribution to the field, as well as to AFS, if applicable; contact information (current address, phone, and email); date of birth; and date of death, if applicable.

The nominations are reviewed by the Hall of Excellence Award Committee, and recommendations are made by the Chair (President-Elect) to the Genetics Section President. The Award Committee is composed of four members: the Genetics Section President-Elect (Chair), the two previous past presidents, and a member-at-large. Terms of committee members are served following the Genetics Section two-year election cycle. The member-at-large will be from the section membership and voted upon during section elections.

Candidates selected for induction need to provide a photo (head and shoulders) to be displayed on the website and a plaque. The Hall of Excellence Award presentation(s) will be made at the AFS Annual Meeting.