Professional & Program Recognition

The Berryman Institute (BI) seeks to recognize individuals or groups who have made notable contributions in the field of human-wildlife conflict management. Thus, the BI is pleased to announce its Professional and Program Recognition Program. Awards are given in the areas of research, education and outreach, and professionalism. Awards include a plaque and a $1000 honorarium. The awardees will be asked to provide a photo and one paragraph summary for posting on the Berryman Institute web site and publication in Human Wildlife Interactions.

How to Nominate

Nominations can be submitted by filling out the Award Submission Form below or by email to Terry Messmer, BI Director ( Nomination via email should include the same information found in the form. For the research award, provide a copy of the article(s). For the professional award, provide the nominee CV.

Nominations are open between January 1 and March 31 each year.


Award Submission Form

A brief description of the nominee's contribution to human wildlife conflict or wildlife damage management (500 words or less).
If you are submitting more than one item, list each file name separated by a comma.

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Past Recipients

Research Award

Year Recipient
2008 Mary Conner, Wildlife Biologist and Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University
2000 Michael Jaeger, USDA/WS National Wildlife Research Center

Dale McCullough, University of California, Berkeley

Dennis Slate, USDA/APHIS/WS
1997 Dr. L. David Mech, USGS/Biological Research Division
1996 Richard Dolbeer, USDA/APHIS/WS National Wildlife Research Center
1995 Thomas Sullivan, University of British Columbia
1994 Larry Clark and Pankay Shah, USDA/APHIS/WS National Wildlife Research Center

Program Achievement Award

Year Recipient
2009 Frank Boyd, USDA/APHIS/WS
2008 Charles Brown, Eastern Regional Director, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services
1997 Dr. Walter Howard and the Vertebrate Pest Council
1996 Cornell University's Human Dimensions Research Unit

The Cooperative Extension County Association of Educators

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation
1995 William Paul, USDA/APHIS/WS, MN
1994 Layne Bangerter, USDA/APHIS/WS, ID

Jim Buck, US Corps of Engineers

David Pauli, Humane Society of the US

Communication Award

Year Recipient
2008 Ben C. West, National Outreach Coordinator, Berryman Institute
1997 Dr. Robert Warren, University of Georgia
1996 Scott Hyngstrom, University of Nebraska Extension

Robert Timm, Hopland Research and Extension Center, University of California

Gary Larson, USDA/APHIS/WS
1995 Robin Porter and Stuart McDaonald, USDA/APHIS Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
1994 Dale Rollins, Texas A&M University

Lifetime Achievement Award

Year Recipient
2009 Richard Dolbeer, USDA/APHIS/WS
2002 Michael Fall, USDA/APHIS/WS
2000 James Miller, USDA
1997 Mr. Guy Connolly, USDA/APHIS/WS National Wildlife Research Center
1996 Alan Sargeant, US Fish and Wildlife Service
1995 William Jackson, Bowling Green State University

Professional Achievement Award

Year Recipient
2019 Michael Mengak, Warner School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Extension
2000 Rex E. Marsh, University of California-Davis and the Vertebrate Pest Council