W. F. Thompson Award

The W.F. Thompson Award for Best Student Papers recognizes excellence in research, and encourages student professionalism in fisheries and aquatic sciences and publication of research results.

  • The annual deadline for this award is May 1  -   for papers published two years previous. (example: 2010 papers will be due May 1, 2012)
  • Contact: Dr. Frank M. Panek

ANNUAL AWARD

The W. F. Thompson Best Student Paper Award is given by the AIFRB annually to recognize excellence in research as well as to encourage student professionalism in fisheries and aquatic sciences and publication of research results. All scientists are eligible as long as the senior author conducted the research while a student of fish or some aspect of aquatic science and conservation. The award includes a check for up to $1,000.00

CHAIR

Dr. Frank M. Panek
Frank M. Panek
Chair - AIFRB W.F. Thompson Award
Fishery and Aquatic Health Associates, LLC
PO Box 379
Inwood, WV
25428

Qualifications

  1. The research must have been conducted while the nominee was a student at an institution of higher learning in the western hemisphere.
  2. Papers that are considered for the award must be concerned with freshwater or marine biological resource problems. They will be judged on the basis of originality, development and organization, and relevance to current problems.
  3. The results of the research must have been published in a recognized scientific journal, or as all or part of a book, within three (3) years of termination of student status. (If a paper does not meet this requirement, due to a technically uncontrollable reason, such as military service, etc., it may still be considered.)
  4. Authors may nominate their own papers.
  5. Multiple authorship is permissible, provided a student is the senior author.
  6. A résumé, including details of the student author’s employment history in fisheries or fisheries-related science and his status as a student, must accompany the nomination.
  7. The submissions are handled by a committee, consisting of a Chairperson, an AIFRB member or fellow appointed by the President of the AIFRB, and several members, also AIFRB members or fellows, selected by the Chairperson. The papers are judged by scientists, not necessarily AIFRB members or fellows, who are selected by the Committee on the basis of competence in the subjects of the submitted papers.
  8. The award will consist of a congratulatory letter from the president of the AIFRB and a monetary award. A faculty advisor co-author in an award-winning paper will receive a congratulatory letter from the president of the AIFRB, but no money.
  9. If the winning paper is based upon research carried out independently by two or more student co-authors, each will receive a congratulatory letter, and the monetary award will be divided equally among them.
  10. In most cases the award will be given once each year, but if none of the papers nominated for the award is judged to be outstanding the Committee is not obliged to select a winner of the award for that year.
  11. Persons who have won the award are eligible to receive it a second time, provided the two awards are based on two distinctly different pieces of research conducted in support of two different degrees.
  12. If two or more papers based on the same thesis or dissertation are submitted, they will be judged separately.

 

Nominations are due before May for the W.F. Thompson Award, which will be given by the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB) to recognize the best student paper in fisheries science published two years previous. The award will consist of a check for a monetary certificate, and a one-year membership in AIFRB at an appropriate level. The requirements for eligibility are as follows: (1) the paper must be based on research performed while the student was a candidate for a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree at a college or university in the Western Hemisphere; (2) the results of the research must have been submitted to the recognized scientific journal in which it was eventually published, or to the editor of the book in which it was eventually published, within three (3) years of termination of student status; (3) papers that are nominated for the award must be concerned with freshwater or marine biological resources and/or fisheries science; (4) the paper must be in English; and (5) the student must be the senior author of the paper. Nominations may be submitted by professors or other mentors, associates of the students, or by the students themselves. The submission package should include a letter of nomination, the student's curriculum vitae and a copy of the publication. Submissions in MSWord or as pdf documents are required.

 


Background

Criteria for Evaluating Papers

Contribution to fisheries science–50%
Does the paper address an important issue? Are results likely to change how people think about an issue? Will results influence management of a fisheries resource? Does the paper identify an emerging issue? Does the paper have applicability to future work? |
Originality–25% The student developed a new or novel approach. (25%) The student used a conventional approach, but interjected some original thinking. (15%) The student used conventional approach, with no novel additions. (5%) Presentation - 25% Clarity - is the paper easily read and readily understood? Is the problem well developed? Are the methodologies and analyses sound? Does the discussion provide a good synthesis of new findings with current knowledge? Comments (optional) These will not be incorporated into the scoring, but they may be helpful. Nominations

Nomination must be accompanied by a copy of the paper (unless it is easily available on the internet) and a résumé. Submit nominations to:
Dr. Frank M. Panek
Chair - AIFRB W.F. Thompson Award
Fishery and Aquatic Health Associates, LLC
PO Box 379
Inwood, WV
25428

 


 

Winners

2013

RODGERS, L.A., Schindler, D.E., Lisi, P.J.,Holtgrieve, G.W., Leavitt, P.R., Bunting, L., Finney, B.P., Selbie, D.T., Chen, G., Gregory-Eves, I.,Lisac, M.J. and P.B. Walsh. 2013. Centennial-scale fluctuations and regional complexity characterize Pacific salmon population dynamics over the past five centuries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 110: 1750-1755.

2012

LYNCH, P.D., Performance of measures to estimate indices of abundance of highly migratory species. Fisheries Research 125-126 (2012) 27-39. Ph.D. College of William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: Frank M. Panek

2011

Gutiérrez, N.L., Leadership, social capital and incentives promote successful fisheries. Nature 470: 386-389 (with supplements). Ph.D. School of Aquatic and Fishery Science at the University of Washington. W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: Frank M. Panek 2010 Kerr, L.A., S.X. Cadrin, and D.H. Secor.

2010

KERR, L.A., The role of spatial dynamics in the stability, resilience, and productivity of fish populations: An evaluation based on white perch in the Chesapeake Bay. Ecological Applications 20: 497-507. Dr. Kerr is a Research Associate at theUniversity of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in Fairhaven, Massachusetts where she uses models to understand how bio-complexity within fish populations impacts their response to natural climatic oscillations, climate change, and fishing pressure. She holds a Ph.D. in Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Sciences with a concentration in fisheries science from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Solomons, MD; a Master of Science in Marine Science, with concentration in ichthyology from the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, CA; and a Bachelors of Science with a major in biology from Tufts University, MA.

2009

HALTUCH, MELISSA, Andre E. Punt and Martin W. Dorn  2009. Evaluating the estimation of fishery management reference points in a variable environment. Fisheries Research 100(2009): 42-56.  Ph.D.School of Aquatic and Fishery Science,University of Washington,Seattle. W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: Frank M. Panek

2008

STAHL, JENNIFER P. and Gordon H. Kruse. 2008. Spatial and temporal variability in size at maturity of walleye pollock in the eastern Bering Sea. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137:1543–1557. M.S.,School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at University of Alaska,Fairbanks. W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: G. Morris Southward

2007

HUNSICKER, MARY E., and Timothy E. Essington. 2006. Size structured patterns of piscovory of the longfin inshore squid (Loligo pealeii) in the mid-Atlantic continental shelf ecosystem. Canad. Jour. Fish. Aquatic Sci., 63 (4): 754-765. M.S., Stony Brook University W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: William H. Bayliff

2006

NIKLITSCHEK, EDWIN J. and David H. Secor. 2005. Modeling spatial and temporal variation of suitable nursery habitats for Atlantic sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 64 (1): 135-148. Ph.D., University of Maryland W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: William H. Bayliff

2005

KRAUS, RICHARD T., and David H. Secor. 2004. Dynamics of white perch Morone americana population contingents in the Patuxent River estuary, Maryland, USA. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 279: 247-259 Ph.D., University of Maryland W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: William H. Bayliff

2004

RABORN, SCOTT W., Leandro E. Miranda, and M. Todd Driscoll. 2003. Modeling predation as a source of mortality for piscivorous fishes in a southeastern U.S. reservoir. Amer. Fish. Soc., Trans., 132 (3): 560-575. Ph.D., Mississippi State University W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: William H. Bayliff

2003

McBRIDE, RICHARD, Michael P. Fahay, and Kenneth W. Able. 2002. Larval and settlement periods of the northern searobin (Prionotus carolinus) and the striped searobin (P. evolans). U.S. Nat. Mar. Fish. Serv., Fish. Bull., 100 (1): 63-73. Ph.D., Rutgers University W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

2002

SOH, SUNG KWON, Donald R. Gunderson, and Daniel H. Ito. 2001. The potential role of marine reserves in the management of shortraker rockfish (Sebastes borealis) and rougheye rockfish (S. aleutianus) in the Gulf of Alaska. U.S. Nat. Mar. Fish. Serv., Fish. Bull., 99 (1): 168- 179. Ph.D., University of Washington W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

2000

TERWILLIGER, MARK A., and Thomas A. Munroe. 1999. Age, growth, longevity, and mortality of blackcheek tonguefish, Symphurus plagiusa (Cynoglossidae: Pleronectiformes) in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. U.S. Nat. Mar. Fish. Serv., Fish. Bull., 97 (2): 340-361. M.A., College of William and Mary W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

1999

HENDRY, ANDREW P., Jay E. Hensleigh, and Reg. R. Reisenbichler. 1998. Incubation temperature, developmental biology, and the divergence of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) within Lake Washington. Canad. Jour. Fish. Aquatic Sci., 55 (6): 1387-1394. M.S., University of Washington W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

1998

HARE, JONATHAN. 1997. Size, growth, development, and survival of the planktonic larvae of Pomatomus saltatrix. Ecology, 78 (8): 2414-2431. Ph.D., State University of New York W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

1997

NEWMAN, STEPHEN J., David McB. Williams, and Garry R. Russ. 1996. Variability in the population structure of Lutjanus adetii (Castelnau, 1873) and L. quinquelineatus (Bloch, 1790) among reefs in the central Great Barrier Reef, Australia. U.S. Nat. Mar. Fish. Serv., Fish. Bull., 94 (2): 313-329. Ph.D., James Cook University W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

1995

FLEMING. IAN A., and Mart T. Gross. 1994. Breeding competition in a Pacific salmon (coho; Oncorhynchus kisutch): measures of natural and sexual selection. Evolution, 48 (3): 637-657. Ph.D., University of Toronto W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

1994

ROELL, MICHAEL J., and Donald J. Orth. 1993. Trophic basis of production of stream-dwelling smallmouth bass, rock bass, and flathead catfish in relation to invertebrate bait harvest. Amer. Fish. Soc., Trans., 122 (1): 46-62. Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

1993

McALLISTER, MURDOCH K., and Randall M. Peterman. 1992. Decision analysis of a large- scale fishing experiment designed to test for a genetic effect of size-selective fishing on British Columbia pink salmon (Onchorhynchus gorbuscha). Canad. Jour. Fish. Aquatic Sci, 49 (7): 1305- 1314. M.S., Simon Fraser University W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

1992

KRAMER, SHARON HENDRIX. 1991. Growth, mortality, and movements of juvenile California halibut Paralichthys californicus in shallow coastal and bay habitats of San Diego County, California. U.S. Nat. Mar. Fish. Serv., Fish. Bull., 89 (2): 195-207. Ph.D., University of California at San Diego W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: William H. Bayliff

1991

BALDWIN, CAROLE C. 1990. Morphology of the larvae of American Anthiinae (Teleostei: Serranidae) with comments on the relationships within the subfamily. Copeia, 1990 (4): 913-955. M.S., College of Charleston W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: William H. Bayliff

1990

MESA, MATHEW G., and Carl B. Schreck. 1989. Electrofishing mark-recapture and depletion methodologies evoke behavioral and physiological changes in cutthroat trout. Amer. Fish. Soc., Trans., 118 (6): 644-658. M.S., Oregon State University W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: William H. Bayliff

1987

OLSON, ROBERT. J., and CHRISTOPHER H. BOGGS. 1986. Apex predation by yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares): independent estimates from gastric evacuation and stomach contents, bioenergetics, and cesium concentration. Canad. Jour. Fish. Aquat. Sci., 43 (9): 1760-1775. M.S., San Diego State University (RJO); Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (CHB) W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: David A. Farris

1986

MAYER, KATHLEEN S., Foster L. Mayer, and Arthur Witt, Jr. 1985. Waste transformer oil and PCB toxicity to rainbow trout. Amer. Fish. Soc., Trans., 114 (6): 869-886. M.S., University of Missouri-Columbia W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: Elizabeth F. Edwards

1986

SOWDEN, TERRY K., and G. Power. 1985. Prediction of rainbow trout embryo survival in relation to groundwater seepage and particle size of spawning substrates. Amer. Fish. Soc., Trans., 114 (6): 804-812. M.S., University of Waterloo W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: Wen-hwa Kwain

1983

MYERS, KATHERINE W. 1982. Temporal use of an Oregon estuary by hatchery and wild juvenile salmon. In Kennedy, V.S. (editor), Estuarine Comparisons, Academic Press, New York: 377-392. M.S., Oregon State University W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: Wen-hwa Kwain

1981

INCZE, L.S., R. A. Lutz, and L. Watling. 1980. Relationships between effects of environmental temperature and seston on growth and mortality of Mytilus edulis in a temperate northern estuary. Mar. Biol., 57 (3): 147-156. M.S., University of Maine W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

1981

DERISO, R. B. 1980. Harvesting strategies and parameter estimation for an age-structured model. Canad. Jour. Fish. Aquat. Sci., 37 (2): 268-282. Ph.D., University of Washington W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: John B. Pearce

1980

REDDING, J. M., and C. B. Schreck. 1979. Possible adaptive significance of certain enzyme polymorphisms in steelhead trout (Salmo gairdneri). Fish. Res. Bd. Canada, Jour., 36 (5): 544- 551. M.S., Oregon State University W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: Norman G. Benson

1972

ARNOLD, DEAN E. 1971. Ingestion, assimilation, survival, and reproduction by Daphnia pulex fed seven species of blue-green algae. Limnol. Ocean., 16 (6): 906-920. Ph.D., Cornell University W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: William J. Richards

1971

FOX, WILLIAM W., JR. 1970. An exponential surplus-yield model for optimizing exploited fish populations. Amer. Fish. Soc., Trans, 99 (1): 80-88. M.S., University of Miami W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: Ernest O. Salo

1970

STOBER, QUENTIN J. 1969. Underwater noise spectra, fish sounds and response to low frequencies of cutthroat trout (Salmo clarki) with reference to orientation and homing in Yellowstone Lake. Amer. Fish. Soc., Trans., 98 (4): 652-663. Ph.D., Montana State University W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: Ernest O. Salo

1967

BAYLIFF, WILLIAM H. 1966. Population dynamics of the anchoveta, Cetengraulis mysticetus, in the Gulf of Panama, as determined by tagging experiments. Inter-Amer. Trop. Tuna Comm., Bull., 11 (4): 173-352. Ph.D., University of Washington W.F. Thompson Award Chairperson: Ernest O. Salo

1966

FISCHLER, KENNETH J. 1965. The use of catch-effort, catch-sampling and tagging data to estimate a population of blue crabs. Amer. Fish. Soc., Trans., 94 (4): 287-310. M.S., University of Washington

1965

SUND, PAUL N. 1964. The chaetognaths of the waters of the Peru region. Inter. Amer. Trop. Tuna Comm., Bull., 9 (3): 113-216. University of Washington

1964

HOBSON, EDMUND S. 1963. Feeding behavior in three species of sharks. Pacif. Sci., 17 (2): 171-194. Ph.D., University of Hawaii  

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