CORVALLIS, Ore. – David Noakes, a professor of fisheries at Oregon State University, has been selected to receive the Award of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society. It is the top award given by this national organization.
Noakes is senior scientist at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center - a joint venture between OSU and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The center, located some 13 miles west of the town of Alsea on Hwy. 34, studies similarities and differences between native fish and hatchery-raised fish, focusing on salmon and steelhead.
Noakes was honored for his lifetime research and academic accomplishments. He is the fifth OSU scientist to have received the prestigious award; no other institution has had more than one recipient. Past recipients from OSU include Carl Bond, Peter Doudoroff, John Fryer and Carl Schreck.
The society also honored Hiram Li, an emeritus professor in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, with the Emmeline Moore Prize for his career in mentoring and advancing minorities in fisheries.
Schreck received the International Congress of Fish Biology’s Award of Excellence for his contributions to fish physiology.