Climate Change and Freshwater Fish Product Wins USGS Communications Excellence Award

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The NE CSC-funded decision-support tool and interactive website, Shifts in Fish Habitat Under Climate Change, won a prestigious USGS award in communications, the Shoemaker Award for External Communications Excellence.  The Shoemaker Communications Awards were established to recognize extraordinary examples of communicating and translating complex scientific concepts and discoveries into words and pictures that capture the interest and imagination of the American public or increase knowledge and understanding among USGS employees about the USGS’s mission.

The External Communications Excellence awards recognize information products that convey complex scientific concepts to non-science audiences. A product of the NE CSC-funded project, "An Integrated Assessment of Lake and Stream Thermal Habitat Under Climate Change", this interactive data visualization website makes the results of a new study more accessible to a non-technical audience.  The team, who include Jordan Read of the USGS, Gretchen Hansen, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Luke Winslow, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Marty Wernimont, Lynxnet, LLC, and Lindsay Carr, developed this web tool to visually demonstrate new data on lake temperature changes and consequential effects on walleye and largemouth bass populations in Wisconsin. 

Winners are recognized at an annual bureau awards ceremony in May and receive a personalized trophy.  

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About the award: 

The Eugene M. Shoemaker Communications Awards were established in 1997 to recognize extraordinary examples of communicating and translating complex scientific concepts and discoveries into words and pictures that capture the interest and imagination of the American public and increase their knowledge and understanding of the USGS mission.

Eugene was a USGS astrogeologist and is considered the founder of the science of lunar and planetary geology.  He was noted as an effective and prolific communicator as well as an innovative scientist researcher.  One of his greatest assets was his ability to communicate scientific concepts to non-scientists in a way that could be easily understood and appreciated.

Today, many USGS employees continue to give voice to all our science programs with the same level of enthusiasm and dedication.  It is these individuals and their exceptional work that the Office of Communication and Outreach acknowledges and honors each year through the Shoemaker Awards competition.