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USFWS Alaska Announces National Science Excellence Award Winners

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the recipients of the
Service’s Science Leadership and Rachel Carson awards for 2010. The awards recognize Service employees for significant contributions to expanding knowledge in the scientific, conservation, and wildlife management fields.

The Alaska Region’s Conservation Genetics Laboratory’s Mixed-Stock Analysis Rapid Response Team was selected over groups from across the country for the Rachel Carson award.

“The men and women recognized by these awards represent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s commitment to ground-breaking, science-based wildlife management,” said the Service’s Alaska Regional Director Geoffrey L. Haskett. “Their leadership and the lasting contributions they have made to conservation here in Alaska inspire us all.”

The Rachel Carson awards are given to individuals and groups who have
provided key scientific support for new and innovative conservation
initiatives and efforts on behalf of federal, state, and private
conservation organizations.

This year’s winners have developed innovative methods to guide the
management of internationally shared salmon stocks. To achieve their
management objectives, fishery managers from the U.S. and Canada now rely heavily on the in-season genetic information provided by the Alaska Region Conservation Genetics Laboratory Mixed-Stock Analysis Rapid Response Team of Blair Flannery, Ora Schlei, and Cara Lewis. This team developed genetic methods that provide a new type of real-time genetic information for application to fisheries management. Their method represents the development of completely new data and information types that provide unique insights into a fish conservation issue of extreme importance and international visibility.


The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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