Savannah State professor wins American Fisheries Society award


Updated: 10:37 AM CST

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Dionne Hoskins, Ph.D., associate professor of marines sciences at Savannah State University (SSU), won the 2015 Emmeline Moore Prize from the American Fisheries Society (AFS). The award presentation was held during the annual AFS meeting on August 17 in Portland, Oregon.

According to its description, this “prestigious award, named after the first female AFS President, is awarded to an AFS member who demonstrates strong commitment and exemplary service to ensuring equal opportunity access to higher education in fisheries and/or professional development in the broad range of fisheries science disciplines.”

Hoskins, right, accepts the 2015 Emmaline Moore Prize from AFS

Hoskins, right, accepts the 2015 Emmaline Moore Prize from AFS

Hoskins was selected for this national award in recognition of her robust engagement with the local community and exemplary commitment to educating and expanding opportunities for minority students in fisheries-related science fields.

Hoskins thanked the American Fisheries Society for “recognizing my efforts to educate students in the marine and fisheries sciences and for my achievements in graduating students of color in these fields.” She also acknowledged current and former SSU students who have participated in the marine sciences program.

Hoskins is also the director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsored programs at Savannah State University (SSU). Hoskins received her bachelor’s degree in marine biology in 1992 from Savannah State College and her doctorate in marine sciences in 1999 from the University of South Carolina. As a benthic ecologist, she works primarily on the ecology of deposit feeding organisms in marine sediments and on essential habitat in soft sediment areas.

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