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


2022 AMSA Award Winners

2021 AMSA Award Winners

2020 AMSA Award Winners

2019 AMSA Award Winners

2018 AMSA Award Winners

2017 AMSA Award Winners



 2022 AMSA Award Winners!!

AMSA Jubilee Award 2022

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. 

Dr Peter Scanes

Estuaries and Catchments Science Unit
NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment

The 2022 Jubilee Award winner is Dr Peter Scanes, formerly of NSW Department of Planning and Environment, for his significant and impactful contributions to estuarine monitoring and process understanding. 



AMSA Emerging Leader in Marine Science Award 2022

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 Kirsty Nash

University of Tasmania
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

The 2022 Emerging Leader in Marine Science is Dr Kirsty Nash, an affiliated researcher with the Centre for Marine Socioecology in Hobart, for her impactful and interdisciplinary work across coral reef ecosystems, health, science communication, and gender equity in academia.  



Gigari MG Excellence in Sea Country Award 2022

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. 

Stephen Schnierer

NSW Ministerial Fisheries Advisory Committee
The Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel

The inaugural Excellence in Sea Country Award has two winners, one of whom is Stephan Schnierer for decades of work on Indigenous cultural fisheries practices through research, policy development and rights advocacy.



Azton Howard

Bardi Jawi Indigenous Protected Area
Kimberly Land Council

The inaugural Excellence in Sea Country Award has two winners, one of whom is Azton Howard from the Bardi Jawi Rangers and Kimberley Land Council for his role in expanding the scope of Ranger activities and engagement of Indigenous Rangers across diverse ecological projects.


AMSA Technical Award 2022

This award recognises the outstanding achievements in the field of technical support to marine science in Australia. It was first awarded in 2009. This prize serves to emphasize the valuable contribution to marine science made by those who provide the technical and logistical support services that make much research possible. 

Graene Ewing

University of Tasmania

The 2022 Technical Award winner is Graeme Ewing from the University of Tasmania for his 30 years of support to several research institutes through field sampling, laboratory work, data management and analysis, equipment design, and effective communication and stakeholder engagement.



Allen Award 2022

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. 

Peter Doll

PhD Candidate
ARC Centre os Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University

The 2022 Allen Award winner is Peter Doll from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. The focus of Peter’s PhD research and AMSA conference talk is larval settlement in the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS).