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Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award


In 2012, the Board initiated a new annual award in honor of early career scientists. The Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award honors an aquatic scientist normally within 12 years of the completion of their terminal degree, for outstanding and balanced contributions to research, science training, and broader societal issues such as resource management, conservation, policy, and public education. This award is for an individual.


Each nomination must be supported by a letter (not to exceed two pages) on qualifications. Ideally this letter should include statements that would form the basis of the citation and the presentation speech at the ASLO meeting. The nomination package may also include a list of important publications and other pertinent information, but in total this package shall be no more than 3 pages. In addition, the nomination package may include a statement that provides information on personal events that have influenced EC career achievements. These may include time required to have a family, deal with personal or family illness, do charity work, or be involved in political action.

The nomination should also be supported by 3 letters of endorsement of no more than 1 page each. These letters should indicate the breadth of support for the nominees and the perspectives of different individuals to clearly indicate the breadth of contributions of the nominee. You may provide the names and email addresses of individuals who have agreed to provide such letters. They will be contacted by email automatically upon submission of the nomination.

Award Recipients

Angelicque White (2016), for her groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research to improve our understanding of biological and physical relationships in the ocean, her dedication to develop and expand experiential learning opportunities for students, and her commitment to the promotion of underrepresented groups and engagement of the public in science issues. View award presentation

Matthew Church (2015) is recognized for his broad-based research in microbial oceanography from genomes to biomes, effective training and mentorship of diverse international scholars, and unselfish community service. View award presentation

Andrew J. Pershing (2014), for his work on fundamental and applied projects with a perspective ranging from the individual organism to the global scale, a truly integrative approach to environmental science. View award presentation

Emily S. Bernhardt (2013), for her contributions in research on stream biogeochemistry and restoration, public policy on mountain-top mining, and graduate training in her early career. View award presentation