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 award is 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. 

John Morton Medal Nomination Procedure

All nominations must be made using a 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. Calls for 2018 nominations will be made in early 2018. 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.

 

2017 Recipient 

Dr Ken Grange

Dr Grange’s public explanations of the science behind the fragile nature of Fiordland led to the establishment of the first two marine reserves there in 1993. Furthermore, his scientific advice was integral to the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act and he remains a ministerially appointed Fiordland Marine Guardian today.

The 2017 John Morton award was presented to Dr Ken Grange for his outstanding contribution to marine conservation in New Zealand. Dr Grange has been described as providing a measured, steady hand, and operating with a high degree of professionalism that embodies both scientific rigour and kaitiakitanga.

Dr Grange’s public explanations of the science behind the fragile nature of Fiordland led to the establishment of the first two marine reserves there in 1993. Furthermore, his scientific advice was integral to the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act and he remains a ministerially appointed Fiordland Marine Guardian today.

The 2017 award was a glass sculpture made by Justin Culina.

 

2016 Recipients

Dr Steve Dawson and Dr Elisabeth Slooten 

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 New Zealand.