Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award – NACCB 2024

The Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award recognizes the innovative application of science to resource management and policy. We give this award annually to an individual who has been a leader in translating principles of conservation biology into real world conservation, specifically those who have spent at least part of their career in public service.

This year,  we are honored to present the 2024 Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award to Dr. Carol Dawson.

Dr. Dawson is a plant conservation biologist based in Colorado. She has spent the last 23 years of her career as the Plant Conservation Program Lead and the Threatened and Endangered Species Program Lead for the US Bureau of Land Management. She promotes conservation at the regional and national level and has been instrumental in establishing long-term monitoring of rare plant species. The data from these projects have been crucial in listing decisions under the US Endangered Species Act and influenced land use management decisions. She has also promoted large-scale seed collection efforts to support the US national seed strategy, which includes the collection of large numbers of native seeds for restoration. Dr. Dawson has contributed to not only improved land management decisions but also to improved policy, including how science is used in making policy decisions and to prioritize using sound data to support management and policy decisions.

In the words of SCB North America President, Dr. Rebecca Hufft: “I have personally known Carol for the past 12 years and am continuously inspired and motivated by her. She shows up every day to promote conservation. I am thrilled to present Dr. Carol Dawson the 2024 LaRoe Award for her dedication to supporting science-driven management policies to conserve plant biodiversity through her leadership in the US Bureau of Land Management.”

Dr. Dawson was unable to travel to our Congress to accept her award but shared a video recording so attendees could hear – in her own words – about the work that she does. You can view this video below: