In 2000, PICES Governing Council approved the establishment of a new award, the Wooster Award. The award is named in honour of Professor Warren S. Wooster, a principal founder and the first Chairman of PICES, and a world-renowned researcher and statesman in the area of climate variability and fisheries production. The award is given annually to an individual who has made significant scientific contributions to North Pacific marine science, such as understanding and predicting the role of human and climate interactions on marine ecosystem production.
The award consists of a plaque with the recipient’s name engraved on it. A large plaque is maintained at the PICES Secretariat with the names of all the award winners over the years. The recipient will also receive financial support to attend the PICES Annual Meeting at which the award is given.
The main criteria for selection are sustained excellence in research, teaching, administration or a combination of the three in the area of North Pacific marine science. Special consideration is given to individuals who have worked in integrating the disciplines of marine science. Individuals who were or are currently actively involved in PICES activities are preferred but the award may be given to any suitable candidate, including those from outside PICES member countries.
Nominations are accepted annually from the PICES community although the award may not be given every year if a suitable candidate is not found. The Selection Committee consists of the PICES Science Board and the PICES Chairman, and the Award Presentation Ceremony takes place at an Opening Session during the PICES Annual Meeting. Individuals who are not chosen for the Wooster Award when nominated are eligible to be re-nominated, providing that the nomination documents are updated.
Nominations for the 2017 Wooster Award, with supporting documentation, should be sent to the PICES Executive Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 31, 2017.
2016 Sei-Ichi Saitoh (Japan)
At the 2016 PICES Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, USA, it was announced that Dr. Sei-Ichi Saitoh (Hokkaido University, Japan) was the recipient of the 16th annual Wooster Award.
Dr. Sei-Ichi Saitoh is a director and professor at the Hokkaido University Arctic Research Center, and a professor at the Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences at Hokkaido University, where he conducts research, advises graduate students, and teaches courses in satellite oceanography, marine-GIS, and fisheries oceanography. He has over 30-years' experience as a satellite oceanographer, fisheries oceanographer, GIS specialist, and consultant on fisheries issues in the North Pacific Ocean and its adjacent seas, including impacts of climate change. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles
At the 2015 PICES Annual Meeting in Qingdao, China, it was announced that Dr. Anne B. Hollowed (National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, USA) was the recipient of the 15th annual Wooster Award.
Anne’s scientific career started out with the assessment of groundfish stocks in the North Pacific and Bering Sea, but this quickly expanded to include impacts of fishing and climate change on marine ecosystems. She played a leadership role in the development and execution of the PICES/GLOBEC Climate Change and Carrying Capacity Program (the 4 Cs Program), the ICES/PICES Section on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems and the PICES FUTURE program, all in addition to her contributions to several important national research programs.
At the 2014 PICES Annual Meeting in Yeosu, Korea, it was announced that Dr. Fangli Qiao (First Institute of Oceanography
State Oceanic Administration,
Qingdao) was the recipient of
the 14th annual Wooster Award.
Fangli provided important scientific support for several public health issues, including identifying the causes of algal blooms and accumulations in the Qingdao coastal area of the Yellow Sea in 2008, and the spread of radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011. In addition to his scientific achievements, Fangli has made substantial contributions to administration of science and professional service. As Deputy Director General and more recently Director General he has been in charge of international cooperation for FIO for nearly 10 years.
At the 2013 PICES Annual Meeting in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, it was announced that Prof. Vera Alexander (University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF)) was the recipient of
the 13th annual Wooster Award for a career of sustained excellence in marine science that has spanned nearly 50 years.
Vera was a scientific pioneer. She was among the first to use the N-15 isotope to study nitrogen fixation in lakes. Vera is also known worldwide for her pioneering research on the role of sea ice in the Bering Sea, by discovering that the ice was a critical factor determining spring productivity in the arctic region. The importance of Vera’s work on Arctic phytoplankton and sea ice algae cannot be overstated. Vera is known internationally and deeply appreciated for her administration of many regional, national, and international marine science programs. A crowning achievement in Vera’s career was the construction and launch of the 261-foot research vessel (R/V) Sikuliaq, one of the most advanced research vessels in the world.
At the 2012 PICES Annual Meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, it was announced that Dr. Richard Beamish (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Biological Station) was the recipient of
the 12th annual Wooster Award.
Along with receiving the prestigious Order of Canada and other numerous national and provincial awards, Dick has also been recognized internationally, such as by the American Fisheries Society for the sustained excellence in marine fisheries biology, by the International Panel on Climate Change for his significant contributions that helped the Panel receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007, and by the Sea Fisheries Institute in Gdynia, Poland, for outstanding scientific achievements.
At the 2011 PICES Annual Meeting in Khabarovsk, Russia, it was announced that the late Dr. Bernard Megrey (NOAA,
Alaska Fisheries Science Center, U.S.A.) was the recipient of
the 11th annual Wooster Award.
Bern was highly regarded regionally, nationally and internationally in the field of marine fishery science professionals.
the 2010 PICES Annual Meeting in Portland,
U.S.A., it was announced that Dr. Jeffrey
Polovina (NOAA, Pacific Islands Fisheries
Science, U.S.A.) was the recipient of the 10th annual Wooster Award.
Dr. Polovina’s groundbreaking contributions
to climate and marine ecosystem research
epitomize the PICES approach of integrating
oceanographic factors and biological modeling
to significantly advance ecosystem management.
The scope of Dr. Polovina’s innovative
scientific research is wide and deep. With
over 115 publications to his name, Dr. Polovina
has demonstrated incredible breadth in his
theoretical, analytical, and direct approaches
to tackle some of the most challenging questions
about marine ecosystems and the species
that inhabit them.
At the 2007 PICES
Annual Meeting in Victoria, Canada, it
was announced that Dr. Kenneth L. Denman
(Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Canadian
Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis)
was the recipient of the 7th annual Wooster Award.
Dr. Denman is world-renowned
interdisciplinary ocean scientist, who
has authored more than 75 primary journal
articles, book chapters or review papers
on air-sea interaction, lower trophic-level
biological production, and the role of
the ocean in the global climate system.
the 2006 PICES Annual Meeting in Yokohama,
Japan, it was announced that Dr. Makoto
Kashiwai (Tokyo University of Agriculture,
Japan) was the recipient of the 6th annual Wooster Award.
Dr. Makoto Kashiwai
is an active leader in fisheries oceanography,
on theoretical and observational studies
of the structure and variability of the
Oyashio, and has contributed greatly to
the goal of international cooperation and
collaboration on North Pacific Ocean research
in general, and through PICES specifically.
At the 2005 PICES
Annual Meeting in Vladivostok, Russia,
it was announced that the late Dr. Daniel
Ware (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) was
the recipient of the 5th annual Wooster Award.
Dr. Ware was Adjunct
Professor at both the Simon Fraser University
and the University of British Columbia.
Following his retirement from Fisheries
and Oceans Canada in 2000, he was the
President of Aquatic Ecosystem Associates,
and Chairman of the Science Panel of the
Herring Conservation and Research Society.
Dr. Ware was the first PICES Science Board
the 2001 PICES Annual Meeting in in Victoria,
Canada, it was announced that the late Dr.
Michael M. Mullin (Scripps Institution of
Oceanography, U.S.A.) was the recipient
of the 1st annual Wooster
excellence in research and teaching, and
his broad involvement in North Pacific marine
science spanned many nations, disciplines