NRESi Awards

NRESi Member & Community Awards

NRESi has two awards to honour the accomplishments of its members, as well as an award recognizing the contributions of individuals and organizations from the community. NRESi members are invited to respond to 2017’s call for award nominations. One page letters of nomination will be received until December 1st, 2017 to Darwyn Coxson (

The awards:

  1. Distinguished Scholar - a NRESi member who has achieved any or a combination of the described criteria over the past 12 months (it is possible to receive this award more than once over a career)
  2. Lifetime Achievement – a NRESi member who has achieved a combination criteria over the course of their career (both as NRESi members and, if appropriate, in previous positions/activities)
  3. Community Advancement Award – an individual or organization from the broader community who has demonstrated achievement of any or a combination of the described criteria through their research and/or service
Award Descriptions and Criteria:
Past Award Recipients
2017 Recipents:
  • Distinguished Scholar: Dr. Brian Menounos - UNBC faculty, Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change and collaboration with 14 co-authors from five countries and a number of disciplines to produce a paper recently published in the prestigious journal "Science".
  • Lifetime achievement: Dr. Annie Booth, UNBC faculty, contributions to northern BC in terms of academic publications and reports, service work, and mentoring with respect to “environment and community”.
  • Community Advancement: Mr. David King, conservation of our region's natural resources and recreation opportunities.
2016 Recipient:
  • Community Advancement: Dr. Darwyn Coxson - UNBC faculty, recognition of his outstanding work promoting Northern Wetbelt Forest Ecology and the establishment of the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park. 
2015 Recipients:
  • Distinguished Scholar: Dr. Ellen Petticrew - UNBC faculty, research and substantive community engagement on the Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach.
  • Distinguished Scholar: Dr. Phil Owens - UNBC faculty, research and substantive community engagement on the Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach.
  • Lifetime achievement: Dr. Lito Arocena - UNBC faculty, UNBC's first Canada Research Chair (CRC), and widely respected multi-disciplinary research program.
  • Community Advancement: Dr.Catherine Nolin - UNBC faculty, exemplary comittment to learn from and teach in local communities.
  • Community Advancement: Dr. Roy Rea - UNBC faculty, Field Applications course development and delivery for the past 15 years.
  • Community Advancement: Dr. Sarah Boyd - UNBC faculty, PG-PIRG coordinator, Green University Planning Committee member, contributions to Prince George Women's organizations.
2014 Recipients:
  • Distinguished Scholar: Dr. Mike Gillingham - Development, coordination, and contributions to NRESi's Biodiversity Monitoring & Assessment Program
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Mike Gillingham - Founding UNBC faculty, Past Co-Director and Past Director of NRESi, and widely respected research program
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Staffan Lindgren - Founding UNBC faculty and widely respected research program
  • Community Advancement: Dr. Susan Stevenson - Past Adjunct UNBC Professor and NRESi members, respected research on inland rainforest ecosystems and Editor of: British Columbia’s Inland Rainforest: Ecology, Conservation, and Management

NRES Graduate Student Awards

Natural Resource & Environmental Studies Graduate Students are invited and encouraged to consider writing a Research Extension Note, as part of NRESi’s peer-reviewed publication series. Each year, NRESi assesses publications submitted by graduate students as first authors and one is selected for the annual NRES Graduate Student Publication Award. Past awards have been for $500. The cut-off date for consideration is August 31st and awards are presented during the NRES Graduate Icebreaker held early in the fall semester.