Kasahara Early Career

The Kasahara Award is intended to recognize the Institute’s most promising young associates and members early in their research careers.

The American Institute of Research Fishery Biologists established the Kasahara Early Career Award in 2006 to honor the memory of Dr. Hiroshi Kasahara and the lasting contributions made by Dr. Hiroshi and Mrs. Toshiko Kasahara to fisheries science and the work of the Institute. The Kasahara Award is intended to recognize the Institute’s most promising young associates and members early in their research careers. The 2009 award is $2,500, and subsequent awards will be granted with the amount to be established by the Institute. A committee comprised of five individuals was appointed by the President to determine guidelines and procedures for the award.

CHAIR

Steven Cadrin, NOAA Fisheries

MEMBERS

Kathrine Myers, University of Washington Bruce Miller, University of Washington Morris Southward, New Mexico Donald Gunderson, University of Washington

Qualifications

Candidates must:

  • be accomplished researchers in fisheries science, with competence in conservation and proper utilization of fishery resources,
  • demonstrate potential for leadership in scientific frontiers,
  • have received a PhD in the last seven years (exceptional scientists who do not have a PhD should have received their BS within the last fifteen years)
  • be a professional associate or member of in the Institute in good standing, and
  • be nominated by a professional associate, member or fellow of the Institute.

Criteria for Evaluating Candidates

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • develop innovative approaches to fisheries science
  • promote connections between basic and applied research
  • integrate science and policy for sustainable management of fishery resources
  • active involvement or leadership in research and science organizations

Nominations

NOMINATIONS ARE DUE JUNE 1

To nominate an individual for this award: The general membership of the Institute will be solicited for nominations through correspondence that will include the qualifications and evaluation criteria for the award. Solicitations will be administered by the Committee Chair through District Directors to promote a wide distribution of nominations.

EVALUATION BY THE COMMITTEE:
  1. All nominees will be contacted by the committee chair and requested to submit a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, and a one-page summary of how the award would be used to promote the nominee’s research.
  2. The committee will work by correspondence to evaluate all nominees who submit the required information.
  3. The committee will recommend an award recipient to the Executive Board.
SCHEDULE: AWARD FREQUENCY WILL BE DETERMINED BY AIFRB BOARD

2009: Nominations will be solicited and reviewed to form a recommendation to the Board of Control. The Board will review the recommendation and decide on the award winner and amount at its annual meeting. 2010: The award recipient will be notified by the President and requested to present the award-winning research agenda at an Institute event where the award will be presented.

Past Winners

2009

John C. Field, Research Fishery Biologist, Fisheries Ecology Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA John received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, 2004 with a dissertation on “Application of ecosystem-based fishery management approaches in the Northern California Current.” He was a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow, worling with the House Resources Committee. John has a productive publication record in quantitative fisheries research on a variety of topics including rockfish population dynamics, marine protected areas (MPAs), ecosystem modeling, jumbo squid invasions, and the effect of climate change on fisheries. He served on the California Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Team, the NOAA Working Group to Integrate the Science of MPAs and Fishery Management, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) Working Group on Climate and Fisheries in North Pacific Ecosystems, and the U.S. Delegation to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna.

2007

Jamal Moss, Alaska Fishery Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Dr. Moss works at the new Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute at Lena Point in Juneau, Alaska. He received the newly-established Kasahara Early Career Award during the Alaska Marine Sciences Symposium in Anchorage in late January. He also received prize money--$2,500. Moss’ current research focuses on the effects of climate on the ecology, production, and status of juvenile salmon and on the fish community that lives where light penetrates into the Chukchi Sea and the eastern Bering Sea. When asked what he plans to do with the cash award, Moss said: „My hope is to head to the Arctic to give a seminar on marine research in Alaska’s Arctic region and a short course designed to help young adults locate opportunities in the field of fisheries biology. The course would begin with an introduction to the goals and missions of governmental agencies, conservation groups, and universities; and then move into strategies for finding information on the internet, utilizing professional societies, and establishing university contacts. Currently, I’m looking to leaders from the North Slope Borrow to partner with me in this endeavor.” Moss received a B.A. degree (with honors) from Connecticut College in 1997, and an M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle. Moss has served as President of the American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter. He is a member of the Fisheries and The Environment steering committee, and a member of the Bering-Aleutian Salmon International Survey (BASIS) Working Group of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC), and was appointed Rapporteur of the NPAFC’s Committee on Scientific Research and Statistics at their 15th Annual Meeting in Vladivostok, Russia in October 2007.

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