The Gopher Tortoise Council (GTC) recognizes individuals for their service to the Council and for their accomplishments and efforts in conserving the gopher tortoise, commensals, and upland ecosystems. We thank everyone for their continued efforts and dedication.

Presented to individuals with lifetime accomplishments, and organizations with long-term efforts in conserving gopher tortoises and upland ecosystems.

  • YearRecipient
    2019John Jensen
    2018Rick McCann
    2015Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center
    2014Craig Guyer
    2012Eddie Herrmann
    2009Tom Kaplan and Orianne Recanati-Kaplan
    2006MC Davis
    2004Bob Mount
    2004Dan Speake
    2003Walter Auffenberg
    2003Dick Franz
  • YearRecipient
    2019John Jensen
    2018Rick McCann
    2015Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center
    2014Craig Guyer
    2012Eddie Herrmann
    2009Tom Kaplan and Orianne Recanati-Kaplan
    2006MC Davis
    2004Bob Mount
    2004Dan Speake
    2003Walter Auffenberg
    2003Dick Franz
  • YearRecipient
    2019John Jensen
    2018Rick McCann
    2015Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center
    2014Craig Guyer
    2012Eddie Herrmann
    2009Tom Kaplan and Orianne Recanati-Kaplan
    2006MC Davis
    2004Bob Mount
    2004Dan Speake
    2003Walter Auffenberg
    2003Dick Franz
  • YearRecipient
    2019John Jensen
    2018Rick McCann
    2015Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center
    2014Craig Guyer
    2012Eddie Herrmann
    2009Tom Kaplan and Orianne Recanati-Kaplan
    2006MC Davis
    2004Bob Mount
    2004Dan Speake
    2003Walter Auffenberg
    2003Dick Franz
  • YearRecipient
    2019John Jensen
    2018Rick McCann
    2015Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center
    2014Craig Guyer
    2012Eddie Herrmann
    2009Tom Kaplan and Orianne Recanati-Kaplan
    2006MC Davis
    2004Bob Mount
    2004Dan Speake
    2003Walter Auffenberg
    2003Dick Franz
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Presented to those who have devoted a lifetime to service of the Council.

Year Recipient
2019 Cyndi Gates
2015 Lora Smith
2001 George L. Heinrich
2001 Joan Berish

Presented to those who have consistently offered years of service to the Council.

Year Recipient
2019 Jen Howze
2018 Deb Burr
2018 Keri (Landry) Lejeune
2015 Connie Henderson

Presented to those who have taken the lead or played a major role in special GTC projects.

Year Recipient
2016 Dan Quinn
2015 Jen Howze
2015 Beth Schlimm
2007 Donna J. Heinrich
2006 David Steen
2001 Mark Bailey
2001 Laura Wewerka

Given to individuals who have contributed to significant education and outreach activities relevant to conservation of tortoises and upland habitats.

Year Recipient
2019 Becky Bolt
2018 Edie Driest
2016 Carissa Kent
2014 Laura Jewell
2014 Dirk Stevenson
2011 Pat Ashton
2011 Bob Walker
2005 Ray Ashton
2003 Nancy Deyrup
Year Award Recipient Institution
2019 Presentation 1st place Rebecca Cozad University of Georgia
2019 Presentation 2nd place Garrett Lawson Archbold Biological Station
2019 Presentation 3rd place-tied Thomas Prebyl University of Georgia
2019 Presentation 3rd place-tied Philip Schulte Auburn University
2018 Presentation 1st place Ivana Lezcano FL Gulf Coast University
2018 Presentation 2nd place Rebecca McKee University of Georgia
2018 Presentation 3rd place Thomas Prebyl University of Georgia
2017 Presentation 1st place Nicole White University of Georgia
2017 Presentation 2nd place Thomas Radzio Drexel University
2017 Presentation 3rd place Thomas Prebyl University of Georgia
2016 Presentation 1st place Rhett Rautsaw Towson University
2016 Presentation 2nd place Nicole White University of Georgia
2016 Presentation 3rd place Tessie Offner University of Florida
2012 Presentation 1st place Mark Margres Florida State University
2012 Presentation 2nd place Kim Sonderman University of Georgia
2012 Presentation 3rd place Jessica McGuire University of Georgia