Alison Haskell Award
We will seek nominations for the 2015 award this Fall. Bookmark this page and keep an eye out for the announcement!
The Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation is presented annually by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) in memory of Alison Haskell (1956 – 2006). The award recognizes an individual in North America who exemplifies extraordinary commitment to herpetofaunal conservation, as did Alison.
- 2014 Recipient: Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Briggler
2013 Recipient: Charles Painter
2012 Recipient: Dr. Deanna (Dede) H. Olson
2011 Recipient: Alvin R. Breisch
Alison was born on December 26, 1956 in Berkeley, California, and grew up on the coast of Massachusetts. She received a B.S. and M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of New Hampshire and University of Massachusetts, respectively. Her Master’s thesis focused on population ecology of the Plymouth red-bellied turtle. She studied at Tufts University Veterinary School where she also worked as the chief veterinary technician at the Wildlife Clinic for 5 years, and become noted for her exceptional ability in handling raptors.
In 1993 she joined the Fish and Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Research Specialist in the Division of Federal Aid. Alison's unique and extraordinary blend of skills, ranging from wildlife health to population viability analyses, suited her extremely well in administering a wide variety of grant programs, including Section 6 Endangered Species, Wildlife Restoration, Partnerships For Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program, and State Wildlife Grants.
Alison's passion for wildlife may have been exceeded only by her compassion for her fellow humans, and she channeled that professionally by becoming adept at conflict resolution and facilitation. She assisted many Service and State fish and wildlife agency programs as a trainer and facilitator.
She left Federal Aid in 2003 to become the first ever Federal Coordinator for Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) having previously served on the start-up committee for Northeast PARC and as co-chair of NEPARC from 2000 to 2002. Unfortunately, her tenure with PARC was tragically shortened due to a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. In 2006, after a valiant battle, Alison succumbed to the disease. Members of PARC aim to keep her memory alive through the annual Alison Haskell Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation Award.
- Any individual who has displayed exemplary commitment to building or strengthening partnerships: (1) with stakeholders outside the individual’s agency or organization, or (2) with nontraditional stakeholders (i.e., stakeholders with whom an individual or agency did not previously interact), or (3) that promoted efficiencies in herpetofaunal conservation through partnerships.
- Any person who has displayed distinguished career-long contributions to partnerships and herpetofaunal conservation.
- Special consideration will be given to any person who has exhibited tenacious effort, leadership and professionalism in a manner that is inspiring to their peers, and who has been overlooked by other means of acclaim.
Award Notification and Presentation Award recipient will be notified by e-mail, and mail, with a letter stating the accomplishment(s) of the Award winner meriting its receipt, signed by PARC Joint National Steering Committee Co-chairs. Award presentation logistics will be discussed upon notification. This Award will be presented annually in conjunction with the Spring meeting of the PARC Joint National Steering Committee, typically held at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference (NAWNRC)
The Award Award recipient will receive a cash award of $1000 and an engraved, commemorative plaque. In addition, the award winner will be publicly recognized in PARC announcements and news releases, as well as in person during the award presentation.