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

Stewart Award

Margaret M. Stewart Achievement Award for Excellence in Ichthyology or Herpetology

The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) solicits nominations for our new mid-career award named in honor of the late Dr. Margaret M. Stewart (State University of New York at Albany) for her award-winning publication record, field program, and service to ASIH and unparalleled contributions as a mentor and role model to ASIH members for decades.

The Margaret M. Stewart Achievement Award for Excellence in Ichthyology and Herpetology is awarded to an ASIH member at the rank of Associate Professor or equivalent (post-tenure/ or having been in their position for over 5 years but no more than 15 years) in good standing who has not won the award previously. The award is offered annually and consists of a plaque and a cash award (approximately $500). In 2019, the Society will present this new award during the plenary session at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Snowbird, Utah during the 99th Annual Meeting of the ASIH.

In 2019, nominations may be made for a herpetologist or ichthyologist, including self-nominations, and should include the nominee’s curriculum vitae as well as a cover letter from the nominator detailing the nominee’s specific contributions to and scholarly impacts on ichthyology and/or herpetology. Nominations can be made by any member of ASIH, and the nominations will be judged by a committee appointed by the president. For the inaugural award, both ichthyologists and herpetologists will be eligible.

Nominations, including self nominations, should be submitted by 1 March 2019 for the nominee to be eligible for that year's award. Nominations will be effective for three award cycles over a five-year period (due to alternation between disciplines).

The nomination should be submitted by email (PDF, DOC, or DOCx format) to Dr. Maureen Donnelly (maureen.a.donnelly [at]