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Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Nomination Form

LeRoy Poff - 2019

N. LeRoy Poff is a Professor of Biology at Colorado State University and holds a partial appointment as Distinguished Professor at the University of Canberra. Since receiving his PhD in 1989, LeRoy’s research has focused on understanding how natural and human-caused hydrologic variability regulates the interactions among species and the structure and function of riverine ecosystems. By developing techniques to quantify streamflow variability in ecologically meaningful terms and using species (functional) traits as generalized, mechanistic response variables, he has been a leader in advancing the field of hydro-ecology. Through his interdisciplinary and collaborative work, LeRoy has contributed fundamentally to the development of the field of “environmental flows,” which aims to support sustainable management of streams and rivers at local to regional to global scales in the face of growing human water demands. His current interests are on developing better conceptual frameworks and decision support tools for science-based management of streams and rivers in our current period of rapid climate and ecological change.  

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