Senior research ecologist emeritus Whit Gibbons of the Savannah River Ecology Lab was honored recently as recipient of the Clarence E. Watson award.
The honor, presented at the Georgia Aquarium during the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 2009 Conference, was given for Dr. Gibbons outstanding contribution to wildlife conservation.
His research interests have focused on the population dynamics and ecology of fish, amphibians, and reptiles - particularly turtles. He has contributed more than 200 articles to scientific publications and has authored 21 books.
The Watson Award is the most prestigious honor given in the Southeast and is presented to the career individual who, in the opinion of the award committee, has made the greatest contribution to wildlife or fish conservation during the previous year or years.