GIBS has established a medal in memory and honor of marine conservation biologist late Dr. Donald McAllister to recognize his work on fish associated with coral reefs and promotion of conservation of marine biogenic structures as habitats. The first McAllister medal was awarded to Prof. Martin Willison of Dalhousie University at the 2004 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Seattle, Washington.during the MCBI/GIBS joint symposium on “Deep-sea corals around North American continent: Forgotten Undersea Forests”.

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