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Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Nomination Form

Mary Power - 2018

Mary E. Power is Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Faculty Director of the Angelo Coast Range Reserve, (), a 3500 ha field reserve in Mendocino Co, California protected for university teaching and research.  She studies algal-based food webs in temperate and tropical rivers, as well as trophic linkages of river, uplands and coastal environments. By studying how ecological interactions change in different hydrologic and landscape contexts, she hopes to learn how river-structured food webs will respond to changes in climate, land use, or biota. She was awarded an honorary doctorate and the Kempe Medal for distinguished ecologists by Umea University, and the Hutchinson Award from the American Society of Limnologists and Oceanographers. She is a member of the California Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences USA.  She serves on the Editorial Board of PNAS (2014 to present), Annual Reviews of Ecology and Systematics (2013-present) and was an editor for Science (2006-2009).  Mary Power has also served as President of the American Society of Naturalists, and of the Ecological Society of America.  

About the Award

The SFS AoE is awarded to a single recipient for outstanding contributions to benthic science. The scope of the award will reflect the broad interests and expertise exhibited in the Society, but the award will not be limited to members of the Society. Submit your nominations using the SFS Awards Nomination Portal linked at the top of this page.


1988 H. B. Noel Hynes

1989 Thomas F. Waters

1990 Kenneth W. Cummins

1991 Robert W. Pennak

1992 Ruth Patrick

1993 Ralph O. Brinkhurst

1994 G. Wayne Minshall

1995 Rosemary J. Mackay

1996 Oliver S. Flint

1997 Kenneth W. Stewart

1998  Stuart G. Fisher

1999  J. Bruce Wallace

2000  George F. Edmunds

2001 James V. Ward

2002 P. Sam Lake

2003  Judy L. Meyer

2004 Jack Stanford

2005  Vincent Resh

2006 Jack Webster

2007 Richard Merritt

2008 Bobbi Peckarsky

2009 J. David Allan

2010 William Hilsenoff

2011 Patrick Mulholland

2012 Arthur Benke

2013 Richard Norris

2014 Colin R. Townsend

2015 Margaret A. Palmer

2016 Clifford Dahm

2017 Walter K. Dodds

2018 Mary Power