Each year, the FSBI awards medals for lifelong individual contributions to fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on ground-breaking research; for lifelong individual or team contributions to conservation, training or public understanding of the disciplines; and for individual exceptional advances in early career within these disciplines. All nominations are carefully considered by Council and awarded by a majority vote cast during the first Council Meeting after the deadline for nominations.
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The nominee is not required to be a member of the Society. The nominator should fill in the form below and submit a summary of the nominee's contribution to fish biology and/or fisheries science (strictly limited to 500 words) with a copy of the nominee’s full CV including a list of publications. Any other information submitted will not be considered.
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Deadline for nominations is 15th October 2020.
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The Beverton Medal
The Beverton medal is awarded to a distinguished individual scientist for a lifelong contribution to any aspect or aspects of fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on ground-breaking research.
The FSBI Medal
The FSBI medal is awarded to an individual early career scientist who has made an exceptional contribution to any aspect or aspects of fish biology and/or fisheries science. Individuals are eligible for nomination if their PhD was awarded less than 15 years before the closing date of nominations, although an allowance will be made for any career breaks taken during this period.
The Le Cren Medal
The Le Cren medal is awarded to an individual or team who have made a significant contribution to any aspects of the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on conservation, training or public understanding of the discipline.
This Year's Awardees
Beverton Medal Awardee
We are delighted to announce that the Awardee of the 2020 Beverton Medal is Dr Beth Fulton. The Beverton Medal is awarded in recognition of ground-breaking research and lifelong contribution to the study of fish and fisheries science.
Beth leads the marine ecosystem modelling and risk assessment group based at CSIRO (Hobart, Australia), whom she has been working for since 2001, and is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology at the University of Tasmania.
Internationally, Beth Fulton is one of the most highly regarded, and influential, scientists working at the interface of fisheries and ecosystem science. Beth has published over 150 papers and 35 international reports, contributing to the development of new ways to improve the management of the marine environment.
Her research has been a game-changer in the field of marine ecosystem modelling and has had a huge influence on the fisheries science community through the implementation and development of the InVitro, CORSA, SeaView and Atlantis models.
The Rise of Atlantis
Most noticeably, Beth’s Atlantis computer model is the most innovative and effective model for predicting the consequences of marine management decisions, complete with nonlinear feedbacks and linking to terrestrial systems when needed. Importantly, Beth incorporated the effects of human behaviour and is constantly further advancing the ability to represent the complexity of socio-ecological systems by incorporating climate change, evolution and other drivers.
Thus, it came as no surprise when the Atlantis computer model was also rated the world’s best for strategic evaluation of marine fisheries management issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Despite of her global influence and numerous awards, Beth remains one of the most collaborative and helpful individuals in the fisheries science and ecosystem modelling community and a true exemplar for early career female scientists.
Le Cren Medal Awardee
We are delighted to announce that the Awardee of the 2020 Le Cren Medal is Herman Wanningen. The Le Cren medal is awarded to one or more individuals who have made a lifelong contribution to all aspects of the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on conservation, training or public understanding of the discipline.
Herman has a strong academic background in water management and aquatic ecology and has developed a successful career in fish passage over the past 20 years. Through his policy and outreach work, he is leading the efforts on developing fish migration visions and policies at a global scale.
The main focus of Herman’s activity over recent years, is the visionary leadership role he has played in setting up and directing the World Fish Migration Foundation (WFMF). a non-profit organization with the twin aims of protecting and conserving migratory fish around the world, while supporting people working on opening up rivers for migratory fish.
In 2014 the WFMF set up the World Fish Migration Day (WFMD), which has become an enormous force for good in the field of public understanding of fish and fisheries through setting up events and activities globally.
In 2018, the WFMD held 570 events across 63 countries, involving 3000 organisations; over 200,000 people attended events and over 50M people were engaged through social media. The sheer scope and reach of this outreach activity is unprecedented in fish and fisheries science, and the work is beginning to influence both policy and on-the-ground action.
The activities that took places as part of the 2018 WFMD event have been made into this documentary. ‘Love Flows’, which premiered in May 2019, that sheds light on the importance of free-flowing rivers for local cultures, livelihoods and happiness and shows what needs to be done to ensure a better future for our rivers and places around them.
Through Herman’s guidance the WFMF has had an unparalleled reach and global impact of the public understanding activities and practical work benefiting fish passage, which will have unmeasurable amounts of positive change for our aquatic environments and future research.
FSBI Medal Awardee
We are delighted to announce that the Awardee of the 2020 FSBI medal is Dr Julien Cucherousset. The FSBI medal is awarded to an early career scientist who is deemed to have made exceptional advances in the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science in recognition of their achievements.
Julien is the research director for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) based at Toulouse University, France. His early research focused on general fish ecology, where he developed an innovative approach coupling stable isotope analysis and telemetry at the individual level.
During his time in Toulouse University he has developed a research group whose work focuses on how invasive species disrupt the trophic relationships within native food webs and how these changes subsequently cascade into changes in ecosystem functioning.
This work has discovered that natural and management-induced phenotypic variability in invasive species is extremely high, demonstrating the fundamental importance of intraspecific variability in invasive species in driving their ecosystem impacts, which has resulted in a series of highly important papers in leading journals in the last four years.
These were developed through a blend of empirical and experimental studies and meta-analyses using literature review, where the latter has been particularly important in deriving new insights and hypotheses into invasions processes.
In this period, he has been funded by a wide variety of national and European funding organisations where he collaborates globally with other researchers. He has supervised 6 PhD students to completion and trained 8 post-doctoral and to date, he has published a total of 96 papers. His outstanding profile is strong evidence of his upward trajectory towards becoming recognised as a world leading researcher in fish biology.
Presentation of the Medals
The Beverton, FSBI and Le Cren medals are presented to the successful nominees at FSBI's annual International Symposium which is usually held in July of each year, or if this is not possible then at a place and time mutually agreed between the Society and the recipient. In addition, all three medallists are invited to give a short presentation on their research during the symposium.
|1996||E.D. Le Cren||-||-|
|1999||J.M. Elliott||-||N Metcalfe|
|2000||R. Lowe-McConnell||-||J.D. Reynolds|
|2001||H. Bern||-||S. Jennings|
|2002||J.E. Thorpe||-||E. Baras|
|2003||T.J. Pitcher||-||J. Krause|
|2004||A. Ferguson||-||M. Kaiser|
|2005||J.P. Sumpter||-||J.S. Link|
|2006||Anne Magurran||-||Victoria Braithwaite|
|2007||Richard Mann MBE||-||David Sims|
|2008||Paul J.B. Hart||-||Stephen Cooke|
|2009||Peter Maitland||-||John Pinnegar|
|2010||Tony Farrell||Bob Wootton||Iain Barber|
|2011||Imantes (Monty) Priede||Bob McDowall||Ashley Ward|
|2012||Charles Tyler||David Cragg-Hine||Robert Arlinghaus|
|2013||Felicity Huntingford||Phil Pister||Katherine Sloman|
|2014||Alexander (Sandy) Scott||Colin Bannister||Darren Croft|
|2015||Ian Cowx||Gordon Reid||Kathryn Elmer|
|2016||Lennart Persson||Julian Metcalfe||Stephen Simpson|
|2017||Sidney Holt||FishBase||Nick Graham|
|2018||Gary Carvalho||Amanda Vincent||Aaron McNeil|
|2019||Neil Metcalfe||Isabelle Côté||Shaun Killen|
|2020||Beth Fulton||Herman Wanningen||Julien Cucherousset|
How to nominate
Nominations for medals may be made by members of the Society at any time, but no later than 15 October of the year before that in which the medal is to be awarded. The nominee is not required to be a member of the Society. The nominator should submit a completed nomination form, a summary of the nominee's contribution to fish biology and/or fisheries science (strictly limited to 500 words) and a copy of the nominee’s full CV including a list of publications. Any other information submitted will not be considered. Nominations should be submitted by email to the Honorary Secretary, to whom any pre-nomination questions may be asked in confidence.