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Outstanding accomplishments earn awards for WED scientists

Outstanding science and professional dedication have led to special recognitions being awarded to a number of Western Ecology Division scientists.

Daniel McKenzie, EPA's representative within the Regional Ecosystem Office, is the recipient of the Statesmanship Award from EPAís Office of Research and Development (ORD) for his leadership in organizing and coordinating an interagency research and monitoring partnership between EPA and other federal, state, local agencies, and tribal organizations. The partnership was part of the implementation of the Northwest Forest Plan. McKenzie has served since 1994 on an interagency research and monitoring committee that has provided scientific oversight and developed regional monitoring programs and research planning for the Northwest Forest Plan.

The EMAP (Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program) Surface Water Team, including WED scientists John Stoddard, David P. Larsen, Steven G. Paulsen, David Peck, Anthony R. Olsen, Philip Kaufmann, Paul L. Ringold, and Spencer A. Peterson, received an ORD Bronze Medal award. The team was cited for its outstanding accomplishments in the field of environmental monitoring and assessment in collaborative projects involving ORD, EPA Regions, States and Tribal Nations. Also on the Surface Water Team are Deb Chaloud and Bill Kepner, National Exposure Research Lab, Las Vegas; David Bolgrien, Mid-Continent Ecology Division; Jim Lazorchak, Frank McCormick, Brian Hill, and Don Klemm, National Exposure Research Lab, Cincinnati; Jill Minter, Eric Hyatt, Ted Angradi, Billy Schweiger, and Tina Laidlaw, EPA Region 8; Janet Hashimoto, Terrence Fleming, Cindy Lin, and Joel Pedersen, EPA Region 9; and Gretchen Hayslip and Lillian Herger, EPA Region 10.

The EMAP Western Pilot Coastal Team, including two WED scientists, Walter Nelson and Henry Lee II, also received ORDís Bronze Medal. The team was cited for the initiation and execution of the first integrated and comprehensive survey of coastal condition throughout the Western United States. Also on the team are J. Kevin Summers, Thomas Heitmuller, and Steven Robb of the Gulf Ecology Division, Stephen Hale of the Atlantic Ecology Division, C. Lorraine Edmond of EPA Region 10, and Terrence Fleming of EPA Region 9.

WED scientist Henry Lee II received an award for Exceptional or Outstanding ORD Technical Assistance to the EPA Regions or Program Offices. The award cited Leeís efforts, while serving as an ORD Regional Scientist, to increase awareness of the impact of invasive species on ecosystems, human health, and economics, and to provide technical assistance to the Agency.

The EMAP Survey Design Team, which includes WEDís Anthony R. Olsen, David P. Larsen and Steven Paulsen, received an award for Exceptional or Outstanding ORD Technical Assistance to the EPA Regions or Program Offices. "This group of individuals has spent an extraordinary amount of time over the past four years with the States and EPA Regions," the award citation noted, "trying to assist them in understanding and applying the monitoring survey design concepts developed within ORD." A scientifically creditable survey design is crucial to EMAP, the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program, which EPA relies on to fulfill its responsibility for reporting to Congress on the quality of the nationís waters. A decade ago, there was much doubt and criticism of EPAís assessment of surface water quality. Now, more than 38 States are using or evaluating the design concepts of EMAP. The change is largely a result of the dedicated work of the members of the EMAP design team. Other team members are John Paul, Walt Galloway, and Jerry Pesch of the Atlantic Ecology Division, and Barbara Brown, Virginia Engle, and Kevin Summers of the Gulf Ecology Division.

The EMAP Monitoring Design and Analysis Team was recognized by the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) for its accomplishments. The award cited WEDís David P. Larsen, E. Henry Lee, Daniel McKenzie, Anthony R. Olsen, Steven Paulsen, John Stoddard, John Van Sickle and Denis White.

Three WED Scientists have been recognized for Regional Ecosystem Office awards. They are Paul L. Ringold, Anthony R. Olsen, and David P. Larsen.

Several WED scientists have recently received Special Recognition Cash Awards for their contributions to the planning and design of EPAís Aquatic Stressors Research. Robert T. Lackey, Steven G. Paulsen, James H. Power, Parker J. Wigington, M. Robbins Church, Peter M. Eldridge, Mark G. Johnson, Philip R. Kaufmann, and Jana Compton were cited for being instrumental in developing research plans for specific areas of the research. "Their participation went above and beyond their regular responsibilities, promoting a spirit of teamwork and professionalism," said the award citation.

Lackey assumed lead responsibility for the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) Habitat Workgroup. He was assisted by Power and Wigington in developing the plan. Paulsen assumed lead for the NHEERL Sedimentation and Suspended Solids Workgroup. With the assistance of Mark Johnson and Philip Kaufmann, he was able to lay out a conceptual approach for an integrated, laboratory-wide research program coordinated with and complementing established research areas. Church and Eldridge were members of the NHEERL Nutrients Workgroup, providing essential contributions that allowed for a logical, realistic and scientifically sound conceptual approach. Compton served as a member of the NHEERL Diagnostics Workgroup, making valuable contributions toward defining and development of this area of research.

Oregon State Universityís College of Agricultural Sciences has cited a large WED-led research project for its James and Mildred Oldfield-E.R. Jackman Team Award. The Pacific Northwest Ecosystem Research Consortium received the award in September in recognition of the Willamette Basin Alternative Futures study, which has produced many academic publications as well as the Willamette River Basin Atlas, being published by Oregon State University Press. WEDís Joan Baker was consortium project officer and the teamís WED scientists included Steve Cline, Dixon Landers, Nathan Schumaker, Rich Sumner, John Van Sickle, Denis White, and Jim Wigington, as well as Sam Fernald, NRC post-doctoral fellow. David Dole of EPAís National Center for Environmental Economics was part of the team as were scientists from the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, University of Washington, the U.S. Forest Service, and other agencies.

Raymond Shimabuku, WEDís Equal Employment Opportunity coordinator and EEO counselor, was recognized as part of a NHEERL Team Award to its Diversity Steering Group, of which he is an active participant.

Thomas G. Pfleeger was recognized by EPAís Office of Pesticides Program for his support of the programís Scientific Advisory Panel.

Roger L. Blair and Richard Sumner received superior accomplishment awards from EPAís Office of Water for participation and leadership in developing the Agencyís National Wetland Monitoring Strategy.

Harold Kibby, who served for several months as Acting Director at WED, received special recognition from NHEERL for his leadership in formulating the divisionís reorganization plan. Kibby is now acting chief of WEDís Terrestrial Ecology Branch.

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