Congratulations to the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment team!
Sam D. Hamilton 2015 Award for Transformational Conservation Science
Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment
Message from Dan Ashe, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director
The Science Committee created this new award in Sam’s memory to recognize individuals and teams who are working on big picture challenges, developing collaborative partnerships, and improving how we create and deliver science for conservation. By going beyond geographic and organizational boundaries, the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) is unquestionably deserving of this inaugural tribute.
We know climate change, sea level rise, and urbanization are occurring at extraordinary rates and are expected to have large effects on natural resources. The GCVA evaluated the potential impacts of these stressors on four Gulf Coast ecosystems and 11 associated species to assess their susceptibility to future change and aid in developing adaptation strategies.
Crossing two Service regions, the GCVA was initiated by the four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives along the coast—Gulf Coast Prairie, Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks, South Atlantic, and Peninsular Florida LCCs—in collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and more than 50 partners from federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions. The GCVA will guide conservation and restoration efforts by helping partners across the Gulf identify vulnerable areas to focus critical resources.
We will proudly present the 2015 Science Awards to the winners on March 17th at the North American Conference for Wildlife and Natural Resources. In addition, the recipients’ field stations will receive $50,000 to support more scientific work.
Please join me in congratulating these exceptional professionals!