Contributions Award

The Biodiversity Institute is proud to recognize individuals who have made it their life's work to improve our knowledge and conservation of Wyoming's biodiversity.  Every odd year, a committee of non-invested scientists and conservationists in the state select from a pool of nominations two recipients: one for the Contributions to Wyoming Biodiversity Science Award and one for the Contributions to Wyoming Biodiversity Conservation Award.

Biodiversity Contributions Awards Overview

In 2013, the Biodiversity Institute offered the first recognition program for individuals and groups who have contributed a lifetime of work, energy, passion and intellect to the areas of biodiversity science and conservation in Wyoming.  The program solicits nominations from citizens of Wyoming and the region for two awards: Contributions to Biodiversity Science, and Contributions to Biodiversity Conservation.  Awardees are honored with a ceremony and banquet at the UW Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center in the fall.  The program is conducted biennially, on odd years.

Past recipients of the awards can be seen at

Download the 2019 Biodiversity Contributions Award Nomination Form - Deadline for submission: June 1, 2019

Nomination Process and Requirements

We welcome all nominations, though nominees must be Wyoming-based or their work focused in Wyoming. 

Submitters may submit multiple nominations, but each nomination packet must be submitted separately.

Submitters may nominate an individual, or a group of individuals who accomplished significant work together.

Nominations must include:

  1. Nomination cover form; only one cover form per nomination packet.
  2. A description of the nominee’s career, emphasizing their contributions to biodiversity science, management, conservation, and/or public education in Wyoming, and justification for why this individual/team/organization deserves this award.  Limit: 1500 words.
  3. Three letters of support.  Limit per letter: 800 words.

Submit nominations parts 1 and 2 in one single PDF document to Dorothy Tuthill, Biodiversity Institute, by 5:00 pm MT, June 1, 2019.  Letters of support may be sent with the nomination or separately.


Once the nomination deadline has passed, a panel of reviewers will be assembled (to ensure reviewers do not carry a conflict of interest), and reviews conducted through June.  We expect to announce the awardees by mid-July 2019, and host the award banquet in fall 2019.

Contact Information

Please contact Dorothy Tuthill (, 307-766-6279, Berry Center 231) with any questions regarding the award nomination process.


Past Award Recipients