New Zealand Marine Science Society

John Morton Medal 

The NZMSS John Morton Medal can be awarded to a person whose scientific work has, in the opinion of the NZMSS Council, made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of marine conservation and sustainability in New Zealand.

The Medal will be tailored to the intended recipient with an engraved plaque to be presented at the NZMSS annual conference. Any NZMSS member can make a nomination to the Secretary or as advised. Nominations will be sought and considered annually, but the Council need not present the medal each year. 2016 was the first year that the Society awarded this medal. 

John Morton Medal Nomination Procedure

All nominations must be made using this nomination form. In order to produce comparable citations we ask nominators to summarise the case for the nominee under the headings provided. Nominators should aim to write concisely and highlight the main arguments to support the nomination made. The Council can make additional enquiries, via referees, as it sees fit.

Nominations must be sent electronically to the Vice-president (secretary@nzmss.org).  Nominations are due by 5pm on Friday 21 April 2017.

Please insert ‘John Morton Medal’ in the subject line and the name of the nominee in the file name when sending the completed form.

The Council will choose the recipient from the nominations, and all nominations remain confidential to the Council. The award is presented at the NZMSS annual conference. The award need not be given every year.

 

2016 Recipients

Dr Steve Dawson and Dr Elisabeth Slooten 

President of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Dr Helen Neil (centre) with Otago University's Dr Steve Dawson (left) and Dr Elisabeth Slooten (right) who received the 2016 John Morton Award, for person or persons who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of marine conservation and sustainability in NZ.