SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
21 January 2016
Volume 17 Issue 1

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SETAC Global Awards – SETAC Fellows and Founders

Emma Lavoie, Chair Global Awards Committee, Jen Lynch, SETAC Publications Manager

Note from the Editors:  This article is part of a series of articles highlighting our global awards. Articles will be presented in the SETAC Globe for the various awards in order to facilitate nominations prior to due dates and to serve as an opportunity to recognize 2015 award winners. Our global awards are an important way for us to recognize individual achievements and reward the collaboration that is so valuable to SETAC.  However, the success of the program is only possible with the submission of nomination packages. Please do your part and nominate a worthy candidate for a global or geographic unit award.

Two of our more prestigious awards, the SETAC Founders and SETAC Fellows award, opened for nominations December 2015. Please reflect on deserving members for each award and develop nomination packets. The closing date for submission of nomination packages is 15 March for the SETAC Fellows Award and 8 April for the SETAC Founders Award.

SETAC Fellows Award

SETAC Fellows are long-time members who have made significant contributions to environmental science and to SETAC.  Our first two classes of Fellows were recognized in 2014 and 2015. 

The members of the inaugural SETAC Fellows Class of 2014 are:

C. Herb Ward
Donald Mackay
Gerald T. Ankley
Keith Solomon
Ronald Hites
Samuel Luoma
John B. Sprague
Deborah Swackhamer
Glenn Suter
Michael McLachlan
Shinsuke Tanabe

Anne Fairbrother
John Cairns, Jr.
Derek Muir
John Giesy
Peter Chapman
Steven Eisenreich
Donald I. Mount
Dominic Di Toro
John Sumpter
Peter Landrum
William J. Adams


In 2015, the inaugural class was joined by the following members:

Barbara Walton
Phil Dorn
Ralph Stahl
Patrick Guiney
Jim Oris

Charles Tyler
Peter Campbell
William Goodfellow
Graeme Batley
John Elliott


We want to congratulate all the current SETAC Fellows, and we thank you for your long-standing service to SETAC. We look forward to your continuing support as leaders of our society.

While this list of SETAC Fellows is quite impressive, we know there are deserving members who should receive this recognition, especially outside North America, so the true international composition of SETAC is represented.  We challenge not only our membership at large, but especially our current Fellows, to identify candidates and help get them nominated. Becoming a SETAC Fellow is a great honor and bestowed on worthy individuals regardless of whether they have been recognized by other awards. SETAC Fellow is not just a recognition of past effort; there is also an expectation to continue the critical work within our society. When needed, we expect to call upon Fellows for their advice and opinions, and to rely on them as a resource that will ensure SETAC remains true to its mission and can engage the global public in addressing environmental issues. Fellows may be nominated at any time of the year. The review committee will likely make decisions twice in 2016, in advance of both the European and North American meetings. Note that nominators must not be from the same institution as the candidate and self-nominations are not accepted.  

Nominations must be emailed to the SETAC Office by 15 March. Nominators should ensure that all emailed documentation is submitted together, either in a zipped file or in a single PDF file. The name and initials (i.e., Doe-J-Nomination-SETAC-Fellow) of the nominee should be included in the filename and in the subject line of the email.

Full details regarding eligibility criteria and the required information for the nomination package are also provided on the SETAC website. Please contact Graeme Batley with any questions you may have about the process.

SETAC Founders Award

The SETAC Founders Award is the highest award given by the society. The current list of SETAC Founders Award winners is long and distinguished:

  • Charles Tyler, 2015
  • Anne Fairbrother, 2014
  • Samuel Luoma, 2013
  • William J. Adams, 2012
  • Michael McLachlan, 2011
  • Steven Eisenreich, 2010
  • Deborah Swackhamer, 2009
  • Gerald T. Ankley, 2008
  • John Sumpter, 2007
  • Keith Solomon, 2006
  • Shinsuke Tanabe, 2005
  • Glenn Suter, 2004
  • Michael Newman, 2003
  • Wesley Birge, 2002
  • Peter Chapman, 2001
  • Derek Muir, 2000
  • Peter Landrum, 1999
  • C. Herb Ward, 1998
  • Dominic Di Toro, 1997
  • Robert Ringer, 1996
  • John Giesy, 1995
  • John Casida, 1994
  • Ronald Hites, 1993
  • Werner Stumm, 1992
  • Samuel W. Karickhoff, 1991
  • Donald Mackay, 1990
  • John B. Sprague, 1989
  • Fumio Matsumura, 1988
  • Donald I. Mount, 1987
  • William D. Ruckelshaus, 1986
  • Eugene E. Kenaga, 1985
  • Robert L. Metcalf, 1984
  • Ruth Patrick, 1983
  • Eugene P. Odum, 1982
  • John Cairns, 1981
  • Joshua Lederberg, 1980

Joining this distinguished group as the recipient of the 2015 SETAC Founders Award is Charles Tyler of Exeter University. Tyler has used his career and influence to provide solutions for global environmental problems among professionals on a multi-sector, interdisciplinary and multinational basis. He has been a prolific science communicator, working with journalists from high-profile press outlets like the BBC and the Guardian, to ensure accurate reporting on research activities. Tyler has supervised 70 doctoral and master theses, influencing students to become accomplished researchers working in academia, environmental agencies and industries, and publish an impressive corpus of work.

Tyler has worked directly with endocrine disrupting chemicals since the topic’s inception as a field of study, and his highly cited research findings have greatly influenced the development of the field. His primary focus has been on the feminization of males in wild fish populations near sewage treatment works. His research team conducts ongoing projects that span studies on the endocrine control of reproduction and disruption of these processes by environmental chemicals, assessing the impacts of these and other chemicals on animal populations, pesticides and their effects in bees, the ecotoxicology of nanoparticles, the molecular basis of pathogenesis in aquaculture, and projects in natural history.

Tyler’s work has been at the forefront of innovation in approach, ideas and interpretation. This, coupled with his balanced manner, based on the most stringent and objective scientific criteria, has earned him the respect and trust of government, industry and NGOs alike. He has actively sought to engage with industry and legislators, and he has established partnerships with Syngenta, BASF, several water companies and AstraZeneca. He has worked closely with government entities, such as Defra, the UK Environment Agency and the Ministry for the Environment in Japan, to incorporate the latest scientific research in policy developments.

We congratulate Charles Tyler as the 2015 SETAC Founders award winner and commend the tremendously deserving set of 2015 nominees.

This year, nominations for the SETAC Founders Award will be due to the SETAC office by 8 April 2016. The Founders Award is given to an individual with an outstanding career in the environmental sciences. The individual will have made clearly identifiable contributions to the development of science, consistent with the goals of SETAC. Competition for the Founders Award is exceptionally high, and nominations should demonstrate the candidate's distinguished achievements.

All applications must be emailed to Laura Swanson at the SETAC office. Applications submitted by mail or fax will not be accepted. Completed applications must arrive by 8 April. Candidates should ensure that all emailed documentation is submitted together, either in a zipped file or in a PDF.

Contact Emma Lavoie or Laura Swanson with any questions. 

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