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SCB Service Awards

SCB is proud of the career achievements of its members and the outstanding contributions they make to conservation every day and we honor those achievements on a biennial basis through an official awards program.  

Know someone who deserves recognition for their commitment to conservation and achievements in the field? Visit the Service Awards nomination page to nominate an individual or institution for a 2015 SCB Service Award

Nominations are due 15 December 2014.

Winners will be recognized in front of their peers at ICCB-ECCB in Montpellier, France in August 2015. Up to five Distinguished Service and Early Career Professional Awards and one LaRoe Award will be presented at the meeting.

In 2013 SCB presented Distinguished Service Awards to Eleanor Sterling (top left), Bill Sutherland (bottom right), John Woinarski, and the Center for the Study and Conservation of Raptors in Argentina (CECARA) at ICCB in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Incoming SCB President James Watson (top right) and Lucas Joppa (bottom left) won Early Career Conservationist Awards and Robin Waples won the Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award.

Click here top learn more about the history of the SCB awards and to view past winners. 

Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award

Given to an individual who has been a leader in translating principles of conservation biology into real-world conservation. Preference is given to employees of government agencies or individuals who have spent at least part of their career in public service. The intention of the award is to recognize the innovative application of science to resource management and policy.  

Distinguished Service Awards

Recognizes individuals, groups or institutions for distinguished service in any field associated with conservation biology and whose work has furthered the mission of SCB.  

Early Career Conservationist Awards

Honors achievements in conservation by professionals early in their careers (no more than 10 years since leaving school). SCB does not apply an age criteria in order to enable eligibility for individuals who might have come to conservation as a second career.

SCB Awards Committee 
Carolyn Lundquist Chair
Stephen M. Awoyemi Africa Representative
Christie Lam Asia Representative
Vanessa Adams Oceania Representative
Anthony Giordano Latin America and Caribbean Representative
Javier Bustamante Díaz  Europe Representative
Leslie Cornick Marine Representative
Karen Beard North America Representative
Jame Schaefer North America Representative
Stephen Awoyemi Religion & Conservation Biology Working Group
Christie Lam Social Sciences Working Group