close-up of a tree frog, Hyla cinera, photo by JD Willson

Nelson Award

Joseph S. Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in Ichthyology

Nominations are solicited for the Nelson Award from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. The award recognizes a member of ASIH for an outstanding body of work in any area of ichthyology, including, but not limited to: ecology, behavior, life history, genetics, conservation, and systematics. The award is granted principally on the basis of the quality of the awardee’s research; consideration is also given to educational and service impacts of the individual’s career.

The recipient, selected by the Nelson Award Selection Committee, is announced during the Plenary Session of the ASIH annual meeting.

Nominations (including self-nominations) for the Nelson Award may be submitted by any ASIH member and must include the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae and details of the nominee’s qualifications for the award as described above. Nominations will be considered by the selection committee for three years.

The nomination must be submitted via e-mail (cover letter on letterhead, CV, and other supporting letters and materials) to the Chair of the Nelson Award Selection Committee, Dr. Bruce B. Collette (collettb [at] the deadline of 1 March.

Past Winners

  • 2018: George Lauder
  • 2017: John Lundberg
  • 2016: Gerald Allen
  • 2015: William J. Matthews
  • 2014: Bruce B. Collette
  • 2013: Gerald R. Smith