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USFWS Alaska Announces National Science Excellence Award Winners

On March 15th, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the recipients of the Service’s Science Leadership and Rachel Carson awards for 2011. The awards recognize Service employees for significant contributions to expanding knowledge in the scientific, conservation, and wildlife management fields. This year, staff from the Service’s Alaska Region swept all three categories!

“The men and women recognized by these awards represent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s commitment to raising the bar in the field of science-based wildlife management,” said the Service’s Alaska Regional Director Geoffrey L. Haskett. “The contributions they have made to conservation here in Alaska inspire us all, and will guide both on-the-ground conservation and research for decades to come.”

The 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 are:  Rachel Carson Individual Award:   Jeff Olsen, Conservation Genetics Lab (the Lab has won every year since the awards were established!);  Rachel Carson Group Award:  Kenai National Wildlife Biology Team [Dr. John M. Morton, Dr. Edward Berg (retired), Mark Laker, Rick Ernst, Dr. Dawn Magness, Matthew Bowser, Todd Eskelin, and Toby Burke]; and Science Leadership:  Jeff Williams, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

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. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq

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