Awards and Recognition

Partnership Travel Award

The Fisheries Information and Technology Section is proud to announce its first Partnership Travel Award to send a Section member to the 2018 Annual Meeting of OFWIM, the Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers. OFWIM is a fellow non-profit organization that promotes the management and conservation of natural resources by facilitating technology and information exchange among managers of fish and wildlife information.

FITS is looking for a fresh face to represent the Section at the OFWIM conference. The award covers up to $1,000 in travel expenses and may be used to cover airfare/driving expenses, meals, registration (provided at the OFWIM member rate), and lodging. The award recipient will represent FITS during the OFWIM Hacker’s Ball and provide a summary of their experience to FITS afterward, and is encouraged to submit a paper for the meeting. Apply today on the Partnership Travel Award page.

Student Poster Award

The Fisheries Information and Technology Section’s Best Student Poster Award was offered from 2006-2013. The award encourages the dissemination of knowledge gained from using cutting-edge technology in fisheries management and science.  In addition to providing recognition from AFS fisheries professionals, the award is accompanied by a plaque and a $250 cash prize. Students presenting posters at the AFS Annual Meeting that emphasize computer-electronic and/or information technology are encouraged to compete for this award during years offered.

2013

Brittany Schwartzkopf, Louisiana State University

The AFS Fisheries Information and Technology Section (FITS) awarded Brittany Schwartzkopf of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge with its “Best Student Poster Award” for 2013.  Schwartzkopf’s poster, Seasonal Relationships of Caloric Content and Liver Weight in Red Snapper on Natural Hard-Bottom Banks in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico, was judged to be the best presentation by a student on the application of information / technology in fisheries management and research during the 2013 AFS Annual Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Unlike a lot of red snapper research, “which has focused on small artificial reefs in the eastern Gulf of Mexico”, Brittany’s research is directed at red snapper utilizing three large natural hard-bottom reefs, and one artificial reef (toppled oil platform) on the Louisiana continental shelf.  This approach allows for direct comparison between natural and artificial reef sites, as well as comparison within the three natural reef sites – all of which differ in the amount of hard substrate present.  Brittany’s co-author and major professor is Dr. James Cowan, also with Louisiana State University.  Upon completion of her Master’s degree, Brittany looks to continue her work as a Fisheries Biologist with NOAA or a private consulting firm.

2012

Matthew DeAngelo, Saint Louis University

Congratulations to Matthew DeAngelo, this year’s winner of the FITS Best Student Poster Award. Matthew DeAngelo of Saint Louis University;  Labor of Love: Female nurse sharks swim less but expend more energy than males during the mating season. Matt participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the Mote Marine Library.  His mentor was Dr. Nick Whitney.  View the poster:  Large (8mb)Small (1.5mb)

2011

Ryan Lokteff, Utah State University

Ryan’s poster was Spatial Distribution and Species Segregation of Bonneville Cutthroat Trout, Brown Trout, and Brook Trout . His advisor was Joe Wheaton.

2010

Alicia Landi, University of Connecticut

Alicia Landi of University of Connecticut: Estimation of wave energy using fetch and wind data at horseshoe crab spawning beaches along the Connecticut coast. Her advisor was Dr. Jason Vokoun.

2009

Justin Spinneli, Montana State University

Spatial and Temporal Fish Entrainment through Hauser Dam, Montana.

2007

James R. Watson, University of California, Santa Barbara

A Spatially Explicit Nearshore Demographic Model for the Santa Barbara Channel.

2006

Tom Lang, University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff

Evaluation of the Use of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) for Collecting Angler Survey Data.