The Legendary Aquatic Biologist (LAB) Award is presented to distinguished colleagues who have devoted their careers to furthering science and policy to protect the region’s aquatic resources.

The celebrated recipients have served as thoughtful mentors and supportive advisers to environmental professionals throughout the region who share similar goals and challenges in our work to carry out the Clean Water Act. The LAB Award honors these well-known leaders in the Northeast, with gratitude for their contributions to the region, and for sharing their experiences and expertise with us to foster effective water protection programs.

Past Recipients

2023 Awardees

Robert Nuzzo
Warren Kimball
Susan Davies

2022 Awardee

Dave Courtemanch

2020 Awardees

Katrina Kipp
Guy Hoffman

2019 Awardees

Diane Switzer
Neil Kamman

2016 Awardees

Rich Langdon
Steve Fiske

“In celebration of an extensive career devoted to furthering science and policy to protect the region’s aquatic resources, with gratitude for serving as thoughtful mentor and supportive adviser to environmental professionals in our work to carry out the Clean Water Act. This award honors your leadership and expertise, and recognizes your contributions to the region, with appreciation for sharing your experience with us to foster effective water protection programs. Thank you.”

The LAB award is typically presented at the Northeast Aquatic Biologists Conference.