Wildlife Biologist of the Year

The Association’s Biologist of the Year Awards are presented to two career biologists of state wildlife agencies, one each in the categories of wildlife and fisheries, who in the opinion of the SEAFWA Awards Committee have made outstanding contributions toward wildlife/fisheries conservation. Each award is presented during the awards banquet at the Association’s annual conference.

  • 2018  Melynda Hickman, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
  • 2017  Dan Gibbs,Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • 2016  W. Matthew Knox, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • 2015  John Gruchy, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
  • 2014  Chuck Kowaleski, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • 2013  Tim Ivey, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • 2012  David Hayden, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • 2011  Harry J. Dutton, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • 2010  Steve Barnett, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • 2009  Keith Hudson, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • 2008  Kenneth G. Johnson, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • 2007  David Godwin, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
  • 2006  Terry Sharp, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • 2005  William (Bill) N. Gray II, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • 2004  Buddy Baker, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • 2003  Steve Nesbitt, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • 2002  Reggie Thackston, Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
  • 2001  David E. Steffen, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • 2000  Kent Kammermeyer, Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
  • 1999  Kirby Brown, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • 1998  John Phillips, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
  • 1997  Fielding Harwell, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • 1996  Frank H. Smith, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

 Biologists of the Year Criteria

Fisheries Biologist of the Year Award Winners >