The Coastal Society Awards

The Coastal Society recognizes people who have made a significant contribution to coastal management and to the Society.

  • The Coastal Society recognizes excellence in service to coastal management with its Outstanding Service Award.
  • The Distinguished Service Award is given for dedication to the Society.
  • The President’s Award is given to someone whose service to The Coastal Society has been exemplary.
  • The Robert W. Knecht Award for Professional Promise is given to a rising professional in the field of coastal and ocean management who best emulates the vigor, dedication, vision and generosity of Robert W. Knecht.
  • Student Awards are given for the best oral presentation and the best poster at the Society’s biennial conference.

Award Recipients

Outstanding Service Award

2019 Jill Meyer, Division Director, Ocean & Coastal Services, Lynker Technologies
2016 Thomas E. Bigford, Policy Director, American Fisheries Society, retired
2012 Mike Orbach, Professor, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment; former Director, Duke Marine Laboratory; President of TCS 1996-1998
2010 Maurice P. Lynch, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, President of TCS 1984-1985
2008 Robert J. Bailey, Manager, Oregon Coastal Management Program
2006 Thomas R. Kitsos, Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, former Executive Director, U. S. Commission on Ocean Policy
2002 Paul L. Kelly, Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, Commissioner, U. S. Commission on Ocean Policy, and President of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation
Marc J. Hershman, Commissioner, U. S. Commission on Ocean Policy,
Director and Professor, University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, and President of TCS 1981-1982

Distinguished Service Award

2019 Thomas E. Bigford, Policy Director, American Fisheries Society, retired
2016 Maurice P.  Lynch, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, President of TCS 1984-1985
2014 Lisa Schiavinato, President of TCS 2011-2012, 2014;Law and Policy Specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant and Co-Director of the NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center
Jeff Smith, Past TCS Treasurer; NOAA
2012 Ellen Gordon, Environmental Writer, Editor, TCS Bulletin
2010 Laurie Jodice, Clemson University Travel and Tourism Institute
2008 Robert Goodwin, Coastal Resources Specialist, Washington Sea Grant Program and Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Marine Affairs
2006 Judy Tucker, Executive Director, The Coastal Society
2002 Nick Lampson, U. S. House of Representatives (Galveston, TX area)
Megan Bailiff, TCS President 1999-2000 and financial contributor
Laurie Jodice, Clemson University Travel and Tourism Institute

Robert W. Knecht Award for Professional Promise

2019 Tricia Hooper, Policy Program Analyst, The Baldwin Group, Inc., on contract with NOAA Office of Coastal Management
2016 Kasey Jacobs
2014 Caitlyn McCrary, former TCS Communications Committee Chair; Senior Communication Specialist, NOAA OCM
2012 Julia Wyman, Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute & Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, Roger Williams University School of Law
2010 Tali MacArthur, Coastal Resource Specialist, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program
2008 Lisa Schiavinato, Law and Policy Specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant and Co-Director of the NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center
2006 Kate T. Killerlain-Morrison, Marine Program Director, The Nature Conservancy Massachusetts Chapter

President’s Award

2019 Duke University Student Chapter
Kimberly Grubert, Ocean and Coastal Planner, Chesapeake & Coastal Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
2016 Michelle Covi, Assistant Professor of Practice, Old Dominion University and VA Sea Grant Program
Claire Enterline, Coastal and Marine Science Coordinator, Maine Coastal Program
Caitlyn McCrary, former TCS Communications Committee Chair; Senior Communication Specialist, NOAA OCM
2014 Chris Ellis, Board of Directors, NOAA OCM
Brian Smith, Board of Directors, NCSU Research and Development Office
2012 Rick DeVoe, Executive Director, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
Paul Ticco, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Office of Marine Sanctuaries
2010 Kevin McLean, Coastal MediaWorks
2008 Susan White, Acting Deputy Director NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science at the Hollings Marine Laboratory and Center of Excellence in Oceans and Human Health
Christine Patrick, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Protection Division
2006 Gib L. Chase, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service Division of Planning
John Duff, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston, President of TCS 2003-2004
2002 Ron Hodson, Director, North Carolina Sea Grant Program
Kristen M. Fletcher, Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program and Director, National Sea Grant Law Center

Student Awards

2019 Thomas E. Bigford Student Poster Award: Best Student Poster – Benjamin Sweeney, University of Rhode Island
Thomas E. Bigford Student Poster Award: Second-Place Student Poster – Erin Peck, Oregon State University
2014 Thomas E. Bigford Student Paper Award – Katherine Johnson, University of Maryland
Thomas E. Bigford Student Poster Award – Andrew Dolan, Sacred Heart University
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award – Rachel Gittman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sea Grant Association Student Poster Award – Chandra Richards, University of California-Berkeley
2012 Thomas E. Bigford Student Paper Award – Jolvan Morris, Florida A&M University
Thomas E. Bigford Student Poster Award – Michael Flynn, Richard Stockton College of NJ
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award – Clara Ruben, University of Rhode Island
2010 Thomas E. Bigford Student Paper Award – Jack Kittinger, University of Hawaii
Thomas E. Bigford Student Poster Award – Megan Fowler, Vermont Law School
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award – Sathya Gopalakrishnan, Duke University
2008 Thomas E. Bigford Student Paper Award – Diana Pietri , University of Washington
Thomas E. Bigford Student Poster Award – Jenna Borber, Oregon State University
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award – Amanda Argentieri, Roger Williams University School of Law
2006 Thomas E. Bigford Student Paper Award – Jacquai Harris, Florida A&M University
Thomas E. Bigford Student Poster Award – Kirsten Evans, University of Washington
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award – Kate Litle, University of Washington
2004 Thomas E. Bigford Student Paper Award – Melissa S. Andersen, University of Washington
Thomas E. Bigford Student Poster Award – Elizabeth Stephenson, University of Maine
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award – Helene Scalliet, University of Washington
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award – Kristine Harrington, University of California at Santa Barbara
2002 Thomas E. Bigford Student Paper Award – Jammabar Maltezi, University of Tirana, Albania
Thomas E. Bigford Student Poster Award – Gayle Albers, University of Georgia
Sea Grant Association Student Presentation Award – Braxton Davis, University of Rhode Island