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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award

NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation is soliciting nominations for the 2016 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award, honoring excellence in habitat conservation in the coastal and marine environment.

Deadline is June 17, 2016.


  1. Nominees must have demonstrated extraordinary dedication, innovation, and excellence to NOAA-related habitat conservation fields.  Contributions may include any work to protect, restore, manage, study, or promote the stewardship of marine, coastal, or riverine habitats and the species supported by these ecosystems.
  2. Private citizens (or the groups or organizations they represent) or public servants (or the agencies they represent) may be nominated for their work, volunteer efforts, support, or other contributions to marine habitat conservation efforts.
  3. Nominations previously submitted (and not awarded) may be resubmitted with an updated cover letter and any new materials.

Selection Process

An award recipient will be selected by a committee of experts familiar with marine habitat conservation fields.

How to Apply

  1. Each application must be accompanied by a completed nomination form.
  2. Submit electronic examples of work, including publications, photographs, videos, or other materials, as well as the completed nomination form, via a single email to:
  3. Letters of support are welcome and must be submitted electronically with the nomination package.


Email:  Kara Meckley, Phone: (301) 427-8642

More about Dr. Nancy Foster

Picture of Dr. Nancy Foster

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 andunder 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.

NOAA Fisheries AA, Eileen Sobeck, with the winners of the 2014 Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award. (L-R: Dr. Kenneth Able, Eileen Sobeck, Kelly Hepler)

The Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award