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dgregg on 20 Mar 2008 02:52 pm

Distinguished Naturalist Award

Rhode Island Distinguished Naturalist Award

The Rhode Island Distinguished Naturalist Award is presented by the Rhode Island Natural History Survey to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to advancing our knowledge of Rhode Island’s organisms, geology, and ecosystems. In particular, we want to identify those who have excelled in one or more of the following areas:

  • made significant contributions in the advancement of scientific knowledge of Rhode Island’s organisms, geology, and ecosystems as evidenced by published books, scientific papers, and monographs;
  • is recognized as an outstanding teacher and educator to students and the public on the form, functions, and ecological significance of Rhode Island’s biota and natural systems;
  • made significant contributions in enhancing public awareness of the importance of understanding the natural history of Rhode Island’s ecosystems.

Recipients of the RINHS Distinguished Naturalist Award

Irene H. Stuckey (1995)
Richard L. Champlin (1996)
Douglas L. Kraus (1998)
Francis C. Golet (1999)
Prentice K. Stout (2000)
E. Douglas Rayner (2001)
Grace Klein-MacPhee (2002)
Hugh Willoughby (2003)
David L. Emerson (2004)
Roger D. Goos (2005)
Elise Lapham (2006)
Christopher Nerone (2007)
Richard Enser (2008)
Lisa Lofland Gould (2009)
Douglass H. Morse (2010)

Posthumous Distinguished Naturalist Awards

In 2000, the RINHS Board of Directors began a tradition of giving Posthumous Distinguished Naturalist Awards to natural historians who have helped form the basis of today’s knowledge. The posthumous awards have gone to:

2000     Elizabeth Dickens (1877-1964)
Mark Gould (1946-1999)
2002     Les Sirkin (1933-2000)
2003     Harry Hathaway (1869-1946)
2004     Harold Nelson Gibbs (1886-1970)
C. Robert Shoop (1935-2003)
2005     Elmer A. Palmatier (1912-1995)
2007     Gil George (1922-1999)
2008     Ken Weber (1943-2007)
2009 William Whitman Bailey (1843-1917)
2010 William H. Drury, Jr. (1921-1992)

How to Nominate a Distinguished Naturalist

Distinguished Naturalists are selected by the RINHS Board of Directors. To nominate someone, send a letter or email to the RINHS office marked “Attention: DNA” or contact a member of the Board of Directors. In your correspondence please describe the ways in which your nominee excelled in one or more of the three criteria described above. Please include as much specific detail as possible, as we may not be personnally familiar with your nominee’s work. Decisions are made in early spring and announced at the annual RINHS conference, but nominations may be made at any time.

Past, unsuccessful nominations are kept and reconsidered every year, so if you’ve nominated someone in the past who did not win, you aren’t required to re-nominate them. You may wish to provide additional information on your nominee if you feel it would help the committee.

2 Responses to “Distinguished Naturalist Award”

  1. on 18 Jan 2012 at 1:51 pm 1.Ray Hartenstine said …

    I nominate Robert C. Bullock for the 2012 Outstanding Naturalis Award for all the work he has done in teaching Invertebrate Zoology, Advance Invertebrate seminars, Mallacology courses and for his work at identifying new chiton species. With out Bob’s help I would of never learned how to begin to ID freshwater mussels, which became a life long interest of mine. Bob has worked for URI since 1976 and has worked there 36 years…!
    Bob was an excellent teacher and able to convey the interesting world of invertebrates.
    Thanks,
    Ray

  2. on 18 Jan 2012 at 1:52 pm 2.Ray Hartenstine said …

    PS he has ID’ed new Chitton species from ALL over the world!!!

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