Hall of Excellence

The Hall of Excellence recognizes professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of management or conservation of aquatic species and ecosystems through the application of genetics tools, techniques, or theory. Up to four inductees are entered into the Hall of Excellence per year, and presentation(s) are made at the AFS Annual Meeting. Please click on the inductee name below to view the photo and inscription as it appears on their plaque and take a tour of our Virtual Hall of Excellence to see plaques for those inducted since the award program began in 2014.
2022 Inductee: Dr. Kim Scribner
Dr. Scribner has produced an impressively wide-ranging scope of research activity, with clear practical application to fishery and wildlife management. His work in applied population genetics is rigorous and includes studies of lake sturgeon, lake trout, salmonids, and non-game species; going beyond fishes, it also includes many herps, mammals and birds. He has published papers advancing our understanding of the natural history of North American species. Such work has addressed the life history and invasion ecology of sea lamprey, the dynamics of hybrid zones, as well as resolution of apparent conundrums regarding lekking and nest defense behaviors in birds. His work in landscape genetics leads its application to riverscapes and development of new analytic tools. His contributions include use of computer simulation as a tool in landscape genetics, exploration of the applicability of resistance surfaces, relation of landscape genetics to adaptive variation, and application of the landscape genetics approach to model the spread of chronic wasting disease of cervids. His work has been documented in over 290 peer-reviewed publications. This work is widely respected and built upon by colleagues, who have cited his work over 11,000 times. His larger legacy, though, is likely the young minds that he has mentored, including 15 M.S. and 22 Ph.D. students and six post-docs.
Nomination procedure: Nominations should identify individuals (past or present) that have made a significant contribution(s) to genetics of aquatic organisms, conservation or management-oriented fisheries/aquatic research, or the promotion of genetic applications for fisheries and aquatic resource conservation, protection, and management. Nominee membership in AFS and the Genetics Section are not pre-requisites, but service to AFS and the Genetics Section will be considered in the award process. Nominations for the Hall of Excellence can be provided by any Genetics Section member and are due each year to the Genetics Section President-Elect.

Nomination package: Packages for nominees not inducted can be updated by the nominator and rolled over for consideration for up to two years.

  1. Name of the nominee
  2. Short biography and curriculum vitae
  3. Explanation of his or her contribution to the field, as well as to AFS, if applicable
  4. Contact information (current address, phone, and email) or dates of birth and death, if applicable

Selection procedure: The Hall of Excellence Award Committee is composed of four members, including the Genetics Section President-Elect (Chair), the two previous past presidents, and a member-at-large. Terms of committee members are served following the Genetics Section two-year election cycle. The member-at-large will be from the section membership and voted upon during section elections. The nominations are reviewed by the Award Committee, and recommendations are made by the Chair to the Genetics Section President. Candidates selected for induction need to provide a photo (head and shoulders) for display on the website and a plaque.

Deadline for nomination: 30 June 2023

Download a Word version of the nomination form here: AFS-Genetics-Section-HOE-Nom-Form-2023

Send all application materials via email to: President-Elect Jared Homola (jhomola@uwsp.edu)