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2014 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award

The recipient(s) of the NOAA Fisheries 2014 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award will be honored during a ceremony this November at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

More about Dr. Nancy Foster

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A marine biologist from Electra, Texas, Dr. Nancy Foster dedicated 23 years of outstanding service to NOAA, leaving a remarkable imprint on the agency. After earning a masters in marine biology from Texas Christian University and a doctorate in marine biology from George Washington University, Dr. Foster began her tenure at NOAA in 1977. In 1986 she joined NOAA Fisheries and under her direction, NOAA created the Office of Habitat Conservation, the NOAA Restoration Center, and the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. Dr. Foster served as acting assistant administrator and then deputy assistant administrator of NOAA Fisheries before leaving to become assistant administrator of the NOAA Ocean Service in 1997.

Dr. Foster died in June 2000 after a year-long battle with cancer. Throughout her life she carved the path as a pioneer and visionary in understanding marine ecosystems and their conservation and as a mentor to many who followed her into a career with NOAA.

The Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award