A.G. HUNTSMAN AWARD
established in 1980 by the Canadian marine science community to recognize
excellence of research and outstanding contributions to marine sciences.
It is presented by the Royal Society of Canada. The award honours marine
scientists of any nationality who have had and continue to have a
significant influence on the course of marine scientific thought. The
Award is named in honour of Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman (1883– 1973), a
pioneer Canadian oceanographer and fishery biologist.
A.G. Huntsman Award was established through initial principal contributions from
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the Province of
Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Additional endowment was later granted from the LiFT Family Fund
through Gift Funds Canada.
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia is Honorary Patron of the A.G. Huntsman
A.G. Huntsman Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2017 A.G.
Huntsman Medal will be presented to Dr. Jeffrey A. Hutchings of
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. The award ceremony will
take place on November 28, 2017 at the Bedford Institute of
Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Following the
ceremony, Dr. Hutchings will present a distinguished lecture entitled
Ecology and Evolution of Recovery: Lessons Learned Since the
Collapse of Northern Cod".
Hutchings is Professor of Biology at Dalhousie University where he
holds the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Chair in Fish, Fisheries and
Oceans. He is a world-renowned expert in the life history and
evolution of fishes, such as Atlantic salmon, Atlantic cod, and
brook trout. He has studied factors causing their depletion and
affecting their recovery, and he has worked towards the conservation
of fish and management of fisheries. He was elected Fellow of the
Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science) in 2015.
Hutchings has been heavily involved in the provision of science
advice to decision-makers. He chaired Canada's national science
advisory body on species at risk (COSEWIC), a committee with
statutory responsibilities to the federal government. He has been
invited to appear before eleven parliamentary standing committees
and is Science Advisor to Loblaw Companies Ltd on its sustainable
seafood policies. He has also served, on three occasions, as
External Audit Advisor to the Auditor General of Canada. Co-founder
and Past-President of the Canadian Society for Ecology and
Evolution, he chaired the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel
(2012) on the effects of climate change, fisheries, and aquaculture
on Canadian marine biodiversity.
photograph on the website header shows CSS Hudson in Scott Inlet, Baffin
Island, on September 6, 1977. The cliffs in the background are 300 or more
metres high. In the fall of 1976, Bedford Institute of Oceanography scientists
had observed an oil slick off the Inlet but because of ice conditions at the
time they were unable to locate its source or to determine its extent. So in
1977 and again in 1978, CSS Hudson returned to measure the background
levels of petroleum residues in the eastern Arctic and also to investigate the
geology of the Baffin Island shelf. Together, the chemical and geological
studies demonstrated that the slick at Scott Inlet is the result of natural
seepage of petroleum from the walls and bottom of the submarine trough that cuts
across the continental shelf in this area. This image of CSS Hudson
appears on the Huntsman Medal. [Photograph by Roger Belanger]