WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rangeland scientist Tony Svejcar of Burns, Ore., has been named "Distinguished Senior Research Scientist of 2008" by the Agricultural Research Service for his scientific leadership and rangeland research discoveries. ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency of the USDA.
Svejcar heads the ARS Range and Meadow Forage Management Research Unit in Burns. He and other ARS researchers and support staff were honored today at the agency's awards ceremony here.
"Over the past 25 years, Dr. Svejcar's leadership has been fundamental to developing rangeland management systems that address both natural resource protection and agricultural production issues," said ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling. "Under Dr. Svejcar's guidance, the ARS scientists working in Burns have excelled in conducting research that supports agricultural producers, stakeholders and partners within the region and across the country."
Svejcar's research on rangeland ecology has yielded valuable information about the complex interplay between grazing practices, riparian systems, weed ecology and carbon cycling. Scientists and managers worldwide have drawn on his guidance and expertise. In addition, he is widely respected as an inspiring mentor for new scientists and students.
ARS also honored the following "Area Senior Research Scientists" today:
ARS also recognized exceptional "early career" scientists who have been with the agency for seven years or less.
The top prize, the Herbert L. Rothbart Outstanding Early Career Research Scientist Award, went to Erica Spackman, ARS Exotic and Emerging Avian Viral Diseases Research Unit, Athens, Ga., for her timely development of rapid diagnostic tests for the control of important poultry diseases, including avian influenza virus, Newcastle disease virus and enteric viruses of turkeys.
The seven "Area Early Career Research Scientist Award" winners for 2008 are:
Other 2008 ARS award winners include the following:
Two groups were the winners of the 2008 Administrator's Outreach, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (ODEO) Awards. The winners are:
Winners of the agency's 2008 Administrative and Financial Management Support Awards for Excellence also were announced. This year's winners are: