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The Coastal Society Awards

The Coastal Society recognizes people who have made a significant contribution to coastal management and to the Society.
  • The Coastal Society recognizes excellence in service to coastal management with its Outstanding Service Award.
  • The Distinguished Service Award is given for dedication to the Society.
  • The President's Award is given to someone whose service to The Coastal Society has been exemplary.
  • The Robert W. Knecht Award for Professional Promise is given to a rising professional in the field of coastal and ocean management who best emulates the vigor, dedication, vision and generosity of Robert W. Knecht.
  • Student Awards are given for the best oral presentation and the best poster at the Society's biennial conference.

Awards given during the 24th International Conference of The Coastal Society



Distinguished Service Award

Lisa Schiavinato,
President of TCS 2011-2012, 2014

President's Awards

Chris Ellis, Board of Directors
Brian Smith, Board of Directors

Thomas E. Bigford Award for Best Student Poster

Andrew Dolan, Sacred Heart University

Distinguished Service Award

Jeff Smith, Past TCS Treasurer

Partner Certificate of Appreciation

Restore America's Estuaries

Sea Grant Award for Best Student Presentation

Rachel Gittman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Robert W. Knect Award for
Professional Promise

Caitlyn McCrary, Communications Committee Chair

Thomas E. Bigford Award for Best Student Presentation

Katherine Johnson, University of Maryland

Sea Grant Award for Best Student Poster

Chandra Richards, University of California-Berkeley

Previous Award Recipients


Outstanding Service Award

2012

Mike Orbach, Professor, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment; former Director, Duke Marine Laboratory' President of TCS 1996 - 1998

2010

Maurice P. Lynch, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, President of TCS 1984-1985

2008

Robert J. Bailey, Manager, Oregon Coastal Management Program

2006

Thomas R. Kitsos, Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, former Executive Director, U. S. Commission on Ocean Policy

2002

Paul L. Kelly, Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, Commissioner, U. S. Commission on Ocean Policy,
and President of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation
Marc J. Hershman, Commissioner, U. S. Commission on Ocean Policy,
Director and Professor, University of Washington School of Marine Affairs,and President of TCS 1981-1982



Distinguished Service Award

2012

Ellen Gordon, Environmental Writer, Editor, TCS Bulletin

2010

Laurie Jodice, Clemson University Travel and Tourism Institute

2008

Robert Goodwin, Coastal Resources Specialist, Washington Sea Grant Program and Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Marine Affairs

2006

Judy Tucker, Executive Director, The Coastal Society

2002

Nick Lampson, U. S. House of Representatives (Galveston, TX area)
Megan Bailiff, TCS President 1999-2000 and financial contributor
Laurie Jodice, Clemson University Travel and Tourism Institute



Robert W. Knecht Award for Professional Promise

2012

Julia Wyman, Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute & Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, Roger Williams University School of Law

2010

Tali MacArthur, Coastal Resource Specialist, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Management Program

2008

Lisa Schiavinato, Law and Policy Specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant and Co-Director of the NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center

2006

Kate T. Killerlain-Morrison, Marine Program Director, The Nature Conservancy Massachusetts Chapter



President's Award

2012

Rick DeVoe, Executive Director, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
Paul Ticco, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Office of Marine Sanctuaries

2010

Kevin McLean, Coastal MediaWorks

2008

Susan White, Acting Deputy Director NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science at the Hollings Marine Laboratory and Center of Excellence in Oceans and Human Health
Christine Patrick, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Protection Division

2006

Gib L. Chase, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service Division of Planning
John Duff, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston, President of TCS 2003-2004

2002

Ron Hodson, Director, North Carolina Sea Grant Program
Kristen M. Fletcher, Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program and Director, National Sea Grant Law Center



Student Awards

2012

Thomas Bigford Student Paper Award- Jolvan Morris, Florida A&M University
Thomas Bigford Student Poster Award- Michael Flynn, Richard Stockton College of NJ
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award- Clara Ruben, University of Rhode Island

2010

Thomas Bigford Student Paper Award- Jack Kittinger, University of Hawaii
Thomas Bigford Student Poster Award- Megan Fowler, Vermont Law School
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award- Sathya Gopalakrishnan, Duke University

2008

Thomas Bigford Student Paper Award- Diana Pietri , University of Washington
Thomas Bigford Student Poster Award- Jenna Borber, Oregon State University
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award- Amanda Argentieri, Roger Williams University School of Law

2006

Thomas Bigford Student Paper Award- Jacquai Harris, Florida A&M University
Thomas Bigford Student Poster Award- Kirsten Evans, University of Washington
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award- Kate Litle, University of Washington

2004

Thomas Bigford Student Paper Award- Melissa S. Andersen, University of Washington
Thomas Bigford Student Poster Award- Elizabeth Stephenson, University of Maine
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award- Helene Scalliet, University of Washington
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award- Kristine Harrington, University of California at Santa Barbara

2002

Thomas Bigford Student Paper Award- Jammabar Maltezi, University of Tirana, Albania
Thomas Bigford Student Poster Award- Gayle Albers, University of Georgia
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award- Braxton Davis, University of Rhode Island