Each year, the FSBI awards medals for lifelong individual contributions to fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on ground-breaking research; for lifelong individual or team contributions to conservation, training or public understanding of the disciplines; and for individual exceptional advances in early career within these disciplines. All nominations are carefully considered by Council and awarded by a majority vote cast during the first Council Meeting after the deadline for nominations.
Know anyone you think should be nominated?
The nominee is not required to be a member of the Society. The nominator should fill in the form below and submit a summary of the nominee's contribution to fish biology and/or fisheries science (strictly limited to 500 words) with a copy of the nominee’s full CV including a list of publications. Any other information submitted will not be considered.
Look below for more information on the Medals and the criteria we apply when looking at nominees.
The Beverton Medal
The Beverton medal is awarded to a distinguished individual scientist for a lifelong contribution to any aspect or aspects of fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on ground-breaking research.
The FSBI Medal
The FSBI medal is awarded to an individual early career scientist who has made an exceptional contribution to any aspect or aspects of fish biology and/or fisheries science. Individuals are eligible for nomination if their PhD was awarded less than 15 years before the closing date of nominations, although an allowance will be made for any career breaks taken during this period.
The Le Cren Medal
The Le Cren medal is awarded to an individual or team who have made a significant contribution to any aspects of the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on conservation, training or public understanding of the discipline.
This Year's Awardees
Prof Katie Peichel
Beverton Medal Awardee
We are delighted to announce that the Awardee of the 2021 Beverton Medal is Professor Katie Peichel. The Beverton Medal is awarded in recognition of ground-breaking research and lifelong contribution to the study of fish and fisheries science.
Based at the University of Bern, Switzerland, Prof Peichel is an evolutionary geneticist interested in how change in the underlying genetic and genomic architecture of organisms leads to adaptation in nature and the emergence of new species. Her research approach has been to link laboratory based molecular techniques, with ecological studies undertaken in the field, in particular using the stickleback as a model species. Her work is very highly cited and has been a major influence in this field over the last two decades.
Dr Steven Cooke
Le Cren Medal Awardee
We are delighted to announce that the Awardee of the 2021 Le Cren Medal is Dr Steven Cooke. The Le Cren medal is awarded to one or more individuals who have made a lifelong contribution to all aspects of the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on conservation, training or public understanding of the discipline.
Working at Carlton University, in Ottowa, his research covers a broad field including fish conservation, management, fisheries exploitation and physiological ecology. He is a prolific author on these topics. His published work also shows an enormous breadth of collaborations across a wide range of disciplines with insights to offer in the fish conservation and management. He is a founder of the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation which is committed to synthesising data to ensuring conservation action is based on the best evidence possible.
Dr Amy Deacon
FSBI Medal Awardee
We are delighted to announce that the Awardee of the 2021 FSBI medal is Dr Amy Deacon. The FSBI medal is awarded to an early career scientist who is deemed to have made exceptional advances in the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science in recognition of their achievements.
The medal for 2022 is to be presented to Dr Amy Deacon of the University of the West Indies. Dr Deacon has research interests that cover behavioural ecology, biodiversity, conservation and invasive species. She has published important papers on very applied topics such as remote sensing, conservation strategies and invasive species and well as on fundamental questions such as the origins of biodiversity and the drivers of variation in reproductive strategies. In addition Dr Deacon has a strong commitment to outreach contributing extensively to popular media outlets on topics around fish biology.
Presentation of the Medals
The Beverton, FSBI and Le Cren medals are presented to the successful nominees at FSBI's annual International Symposium which is usually held in July of each year, or if this is not possible then at a place and time mutually agreed between the Society and the recipient. In addition, all three medallists are invited to give a short presentation on their research during the symposium.
|1996||E.D. Le Cren||-||-|
|1999||J.M. Elliott||-||N Metcalfe|
|2000||R. Lowe-McConnell||-||J.D. Reynolds|
|2001||H. Bern||-||S. Jennings|
|2002||J.E. Thorpe||-||E. Baras|
|2003||T.J. Pitcher||-||J. Krause|
|2004||A. Ferguson||-||M. Kaiser|
|2005||J.P. Sumpter||-||J.S. Link|
|2006||Anne Magurran||-||Victoria Braithwaite|
|2007||Richard Mann MBE||-||David Sims|
|2008||Paul J.B. Hart||-||Stephen Cooke|
|2009||Peter Maitland||-||John Pinnegar|
|2010||Tony Farrell||Bob Wootton||Iain Barber|
|2011||Imantes (Monty) Priede||Bob McDowall||Ashley Ward|
|2012||Charles Tyler||David Cragg-Hine||Robert Arlinghaus|
|2013||Felicity Huntingford||Phil Pister||Katherine Sloman|
|2014||Alexander (Sandy) Scott||Colin Bannister||Darren Croft|
|2015||Ian Cowx||Gordon Reid||Kathryn Elmer|
|2016||Lennart Persson||Julian Metcalfe||Stephen Simpson|
|2017||Sidney Holt||FishBase||Nick Graham|
|2018||Gary Carvalho||Amanda Vincent||Aaron McNeil|
|2019||Neil Metcalfe||Isabelle Côté||Shaun Killen|
|2020||Beth Fulton||Herman Wanningen||Julien Cucherousset|
|2021||Daniel Pauly||Ian Winfield||Christos Ioannou|
|2022||Katie Peichel||Steven Cooke||Amy Deacon|
How to nominate
Nominations for medals may be made by members of the Society at any time, but no later than 15 October of the year before that in which the medal is to be awarded. The nominee is not required to be a member of the Society. The nominator should submit a completed nomination form, a summary of the nominee's contribution to fish biology and/or fisheries science (strictly limited to 500 words) and a copy of the nominee’s full CV including a list of publications. Any other information submitted will not be considered. Nominations should be submitted by email to the Honorary Secretary, to whom any pre-nomination questions may be asked in confidence.