CSBPA gives this award every year at our fall conference to recognize a deserving coastal scientist, planner, engineer and/or innovator that makes a significant contribution to the advancement of coastal preservation in California. Specifically, the nominee has to have:
1. worked diligently to support the many activities and concerns of CSPBA and/or
2. worked to advance the knowledge and understanding of coastal science and coastal processes, with special focus on California and the west coast.
All recommendations should include one or two short paragraphs, provided to CSBPA’s nominating committee that highlight what the Nominee has done either for CSBPA and/or coastal science meriting consideration for the Award. The Awardee will be offered a one-day registration and/or lunch or dinner ticket so they will be able to attend the Award Ceremony.
Congratulations to the 2019 award recipient – Dr. Jenny Dugan – our first female award winner! Dr. Dugan is a researcher on the ecological value of beaches as an Associate Research Biologist at the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara. As a coastal marine ecologist, her primary research has focused on sandy beach ecosystems. She investigates many aspects of beach ecosystems and their associated food webs and functions, from the bottom up effects of the deposition of macroalgal wrack as a major subsidy to expanding the understanding of shorebirds as ecological indicators and predators in these open coast ecosystems. Her research also evaluates the ecological impacts of a number of widespread human alterations to this ecosystem, including shoreline armoring and beach grooming.
Past recipients are listed below.