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 Allen Award for Outstanding Student 

Annual Conference Student Prizes


2017 AMSA Award Winners

2018 AMSA Award Winners

2019 AMSA Award Winners

2020 AMSA Award Winners



 2020 AMSA Awards Winners!!

AMSA Jubilee Award 2020

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 Lynnath Beckley

Environment and Conservation Science
Murdoch University


This year's Jubilee Award winner is 
Professor Lynnath Beckley, Environment and Conservation Sciences, Murdoch University, for her work on ocean and coastal environments in Western Australia and the Indian Ocean. Lynnath has an outstanding research record across fields as diverse as larval fish communities and biological oceanography to human use of coastlines. Lynnath pioneered the research to collect baseline information on human use patterns across marine protected areas and has established standard methodology that can be applied in monitoring programs. Establishing these benchmarks has informed the development and management of marine protected areas such as Ningaloo and the Kimberley, and supports ongoing monitoring through these protocols.

Lynnath had the vision to conceive the second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2), which retraced the original IIOE, and the drive to pull together an international team to make the expedition a reality. IIOE-2 included investigations on multi-decadal ecosystem changes, the distribution of microbes, bioogeochemistry, pelagic food webs, and bioptics related to satellite remote sensing of the south-east Indian Ocean. Lynnath is an inspirational leader and mentor who encourages collaboration among students and colleagues. She invests heavily in ensuring her students go on to successful careers.


AMSA Emerging Leader in Marine Science Award 2020

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.

EMCR Award 2020 Katherine DaffornDr Katherine Dafforn

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Macquarie University
Sydney Harbour Research Program
Sydney Institute of Marine Science




This year AMSA is pleased to introduce a new award to recognise excellence in marine research by an early or mid-career scientist. The inaugural Emerging Leader in Marine Science Award has been awarded to Dr Katherine Dafforn, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University and Deputy Director of the Sydney Harbour Research Program, Sydney Institute of Marine Science. Katherine has expertise in benthic ecology, microbiology and ecotoxicology and has an outstanding record in applying her research to managing human impacts in marine ecosystems. She is an excellent science communicator and mentor for both postgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists and has established a model for conducting training workshops for early career scientists.