FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2017
Contact: Martha Wilson
(Tampa, FL) August 21, 2017 – Dr. John Waldman, a lifetime AFS member, received the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award at the 2017 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. AFS President Joe Margraf presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session. Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award, also known as the “Sully,” is presented to an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to the conservation of fishery resources that may be political, legal, educational, scientific, or managerial in scope.
“We applaud the distinguished contributions of Dr. Waldman and thank him for his continuous efforts to further the conservation of fishery resources,” said AFS President Joe Margraf.
Dr. Waldman has contributed over 95 scholarly publications, books, and book chapters. He has communicated fisheries science to the public through over 60 popular articles and books.
Dr. Waldman has dedicated his career to an integrated management, research, teaching, and administration program designed to conserve diadromous fish, manage fishes of the Hudson River and Atlantic coast, and promote scientist-nonscientist outreach that communicates the value of fisheries to the public.
Currently a Professor in the Biology Department at Queens College, New York, Dr. Waldman has made substantial scientific contributions to diadromous fish conservation by identifying solutions to stock identification problems. Throughout his career, Dr. Waldman has been particularly interested in intraspecific variation at the population level, viewing the science of stock identification as the crossroads between evolutionary biology and fisheries science.
Dr. Waldman co-convened two landmark symposia on anadromous fishes and was the lead author on an influential and innovative 2016 Fisheries paper that developed how resilience theory could provide new answers to persistent, unsolved diadromous fisheries problems. In addition, Dr. Waldman’s conservation research included a widely cited 2009 Bioscience publication on the status of North Atlantic diadromous fishes. Dr. Waldman’s continued his commitment to environmental history and historical ecology by writing a comprehensive history of diadromous fish along the Atlantic Coast entitled Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and their Great Fish Migrations. To complete the work, Dr. Waldman won a prestigious Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. He has given numerous presentations on rivers and fish migrations, including keynote talks at Fish Passage 2016: International Conference on River Connectivity. Recently Dr. Waldman obtained funding for an innovative approach to river restoration, termed the “Shared Rivers Concept,” which integrates conservation of diadromous fish, dam removal, and alternative electricity generation.
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About AFS: Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.