Each year, SCB presents five Distinguished Service Awards and one LaRoe Award for outstanding contributions to conservation biology or its application in policy, education, or journalism. Membership on the committee is open to any member of the Society. The members of the committee help generate a diverse set of nominations from around the world for the awards. In addition, committee members help define the policies and procedures for the awards process. The committee is open to new members at any time but is usually recrafted after the annual meeting.
The Awards Committee shall establish awards in order to recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations to conservation biology. The Awards Committee shall:
- Propose nominees for awards to the Board of Governors in time for approval by the Board of Governors before General Members' Meetings of the Society
- Propose new awards to the Board of Governors
- Propose potential sources of funds for such awards