William Rowan Distinguished Service Award 2020

The William Rowan Distinguished Service Award is the ACTWS’ most prestigious award. This award goes to an Alberta wildlife biologist who has made outstanding cumulative contributions to the management and conservation of wildlife and their habitats. This year, we are pleased to present Dr. Lee Foote with this award.

As his nominators note: “Dr. Lee Foote’s career embodies these high standards and has been exemplary in terms of ideas, inspiration, professional conduct, popular writing, and countless extension hours to assist the wildlife profession. During his career, Dr. Foote has studied ecological systems and wetland dynamics across such geographically diverse ecosystems as Canada, USA, and Africa.”

Dr. Foote has contributed innumerable publications and articles, supervised nearly 30 graduate students, and provided his expertise on various advisory committees and associations. Dr. Foote is a global authority in his discipline specialty; his work has meaningfully contributed to our improved understanding of the dynamics between wetland communities, water, and wildlife.

See the full nomination letter here.

We have a video of Dr. Lee’s award presentation and acceptance in our member’s area. The respect and admiration of his colleagues is obvious in the video, as is the necessity for humour in our field. You can also read Dr. Lee’s acceptance here.

Thank you, Dr. Lee for your legacy and contributions to Alberta wildlife and their habitats. We wish you well in your move to BC and great success for the soon to be open Aga Kahn garden at the University of Alberta botanic garden!

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Professional refers to someone who works with wildlife and/or their habitats in a professional setting.

In this context, it is not in reference to a legal professional designation.