Awards

As Australia’s peak professional body for marine scientists from all disciplines and for over 60 years has promoted all aspects of marine science in Australia. AMSA operates with a membership network of individuals and corporate affiliates as a not-for-profit organisation.

Each year the Australian Marine Sciences Association proudly presents awards to individuals recognising outstanding contributions to marine science in Australia. AMSA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following AMSA awards. The annual call for nominations – closes 15th March each year unless noted otherwise in the individual award criteria. Award selection committees, appointed by AMSA Council, are constituted to review nominations. These awards are presented at the AMSA Annual Conference each year.
 

Currently AMSA presents the following awards:

 

AMSA Jubilee Award

AMSA Technical Award

AMSA Emerging Leader in Marine Science Award

AMSA Gigari MG Excellence in Sea Country Award

AMSA Allen Award for Outstanding Student 

Annual Conference Student Prizes

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2023 AMSA Award Winners

2022 AMSA Award Winners

2021 AMSA Award Winners

2020 AMSA Award Winners

2019 AMSA Award Winners

2018 AMSA Award Winners

2017 AMSA Award Winners

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 2023 AMSA Award Winners!!

AMSA Jubilee Award 2023

First awarded in AMSA’s Silver Jubilee Year (1988) our professional award recognises excellence in marine research and is presented to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to marine research in Australia. 


Professor Robert McCauley

Centre for Marine Science and Technology
School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Curtin University

 

The 2023 Jubilee Award winner is Professor Robert McCauley, from the Centre for Marine Science and Technology, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin University, Australia’s leading expert in marine bioacoustics.

 

AMSA Emerging Leader in Marine Science Award 2023

This is a new award established in 2020 presented to an early or mid-career scientist in recognition of their outstanding reserach and academic achievements in marine science and the translation of their research for engagement outside of academia and mentoring of other young scientists.


Dr Sue-Ann Watson

Queensland Museum Network
Museum of Tropical Queensland
College of Science
James Cook University

The 2023 Emerging Leader in Marine Science is Dr Sue-Ann Watson, a Senior Scientist and Curator (Marine Invertebrates) for the Queensland Museum Network, based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, and a Senior Lecturer in the Marine Biology and Aquaculture team within the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University. 

 

AMSA Gigari MG Excellence in Sea Country Award 2023

This award will be inaugurated at the AMSA 2022 Conference in Cairns and is intended to recognise the outstanding contribution or leadership potential of an Indigenous marine scientist, ranger, communicator, or educator to the advancement of marine science and knowledge in Australia. 


Madeina David

Senior Natural Resource Management Officer
Torres Strait Island Regional Authority

The 2023 Gigari MG Excellence in Sea Country Award winner is Madeina David (BSc, 2021). Through her role as Senior Natural Resource Management Officer for the Torres Strait Island Regional Authority (TSRA), Madeina David is connecting modern science with traditional land and sea knowledge on her island home of Iama.


AMSA Allen Award 2023

This award is intended to recognise an outstanding postgraduate student by providing financial support to attend the upcoming AMSA conference, giving the student the opportunity to gain experience and contacts. 


Juliano Morais

PhD Candidate
Reef Functional Hub
James Cook University


The 2023 Allen Award winner is Juliano Morais, a PhD student at the Reef Functional Hub at James Cook University. Juliano’s research is focussed on investigating how bleaching events driven by change affect coral population dynamics.