Dr. Gwen White recently received the Emmeline Moore Prize in recognition of her work to promote diversity and equal opportunity within the American Fisheries Society and the field of fisheries science. White, who works for the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the science coordinator for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative, received the award at the American Fisheries Society’s August meeting in Québec City.
“Dr. White’s efforts to promote diversity, equal opportunity, and outreach to groups typically underrepresented within AFS exemplify every aspect of the Emmeline Moore Prize. She has served as a role model for all AFS members,” said the Chair of the 2014 Emmeline Moore Prize Committee, Lonnie Gonsalves. “Gwen continues to demonstrate the value of increased inclusion of groups typically underrepresented in the Society.”
White’s work encompasses decades of service and leadership roles in AFS, including positions as President AFS Equal Opportunities Section 1999-2001, and presidencies at the chapter and division level. She has also written multiple publications highlighting the history of diversity in AFS and contributions of members from groups typically underrepresented in the Society. White’s service has also included administration of the J. Frances Allen Award, EOS Travel Award and the Hutton Program.
“I’ve been really pleased to see the growing recognition that the world is changing and that fisheries professions benefit from the full range of perspectives brought by people from many different backgrounds,” said White. “It’s been my great privilege to support that evolving attitude in AFS over the years. Our community must continue expanding to meet the future needs of fisheries and water resources.”
The Emmeline Moore Prize was established by the American Fisheries Society as a career achievement award to recognize AFS members who demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity issues, and who promote greater involvement of underrepresented groups in fisheries science, education, research or management. The award is named for AFS’s first woman president, Emmeline Moore, who served from 1927 to 1928.
The Midwest Region congratulates Dr. Gwen White on her achievement!
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