(Atlantic City, NJ) August 20, 2018 – Julie Claussen received the Emmeline Moore Prize at the 2018 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey. AFS President Steve L. McMullin presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session. This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates strong commitment and exemplary service to ensuring equal opportunity access to higher education in fisheries and/or professional development in the broad range of fisheries science disciplines

“We applaud the distinguished contributions of Julie Claussen and thank her for her continuous efforts to service and commitment to diversity initiatives that help advance aquatic research,” said AFS President Steve L. McMullin.

Julie Claussen has worked in the fisheries profession for over 30 years, most notably in various capacities with the Illinois Natural History Survey. Julie has also been an active member in and a leader of the American Fisheries Society at all levels. Her work in promoting professional diversity on the job and within AFS includes initiating research on diversity, assisting in strategic planning, building communities of professionals, and improving communications with stakeholders.

In 2005, Julie assisted with the AFS Career Development Study of 700 men and 700 women, which examined how women may experience career paths differently, depending on family and other factors. She contributed several articles in Fisheries magazine highlighting shifts in demographic diversity and women in leadership roles in AFS.

Julie has also served on two AFS strategic planning committees that codified the Society’s efforts engage with diverse audiences. She currently serves as the Director of Operations for the Fisheries Conservation Foundation and has recently teamed with scientists of the Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Wildlife Fund on field projects to conserve the Golden Mahseer, a migrating fish that is threatened by mismanagement and dams.

Julie’s enthusiastic leadership in both the AFS Equal Opportunities Section and the International Fisheries Section has helped to welcome wider participation of underrepresented groups within the fisheries profession.  Above all, Julie’s spirit and commitment to the Society and the fisheries profession embody the aims of the Emmeline Moore Prize.


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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.


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Link to AFS Annual Meeting: afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org