NOAA Fisheries Honors Four ERT Employees with Team Member of the Year Awards

ERT is proud to announce that four of our employees were recently honored with 2014 Team Member of the Year Awards by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Recipients of this peer-nominated award included Rey Marquez, Wendy Morrison, Bob Pagliuco and Craig Thornsberry.


This award, which recognizes contributions to the Nation towards the stewardship of living marine resources, is designated for members of the NOAA Fisheries workforce who are not NOAA Federal employees. Honorees are nominated within each organizational unit, including headquarters, using standard criteria, and the process culminates in the final selection of honorees by the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries.


Marquez, a Science Program Support Specialist at NOAA’s Office of Sustainable Fisheries (OSF) in Silver Spring, Maryland, was presented with his award during the NOAA Fisheries Service Headquarters All Hands Meeting on July 1, 2015 at nearby Meadowbrook Local Park. Marquez’s nomination began with the observations that “he has become an extremely valuable asset to the office and to the agency,” and went on to praise his demonstrated initiative, eagerness, and resourcefulness. He’s referred to as “a source of knowledge on the fishery regulatory process and requirements of fisheries regulations who is always looking for ways to improve how we do our regulatory business.”


Morrison, a Fisheries Management Policy Analyst supporting OSF, also received her award at the Headquarters All Hands Meeting on July 1, 2015. Morrison was recognized for her efforts to address fishery science and management in a changing climate, and was complimented for being “an outstanding team player” with “exceptional problem solving skills” and an “incredibly positive attitude.” Her nomination cited “significant contributions” that included the development of “tools and guidance to proactively address emerging science and management challenges in U.S. fisheries management.”


Pagliuco is a Marine Habitat Resource Specialist supporting the NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation Restoration Center in Arcata, California, whose award was presented to him by his supervisor in July. His award citation reads, “Bob Pagliuco’s contributions have significantly enhanced the stewardship of NOAA trust species and their habitats and; specifically, helped advance the recovery of listed anadromous fish.  Bob serves in many critical functions and roles associated with salmonid recovery in the rivers and streams along the coast of California.”


Thornsberry, an IT Specialist and Helpdesk Technician supporting the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) in Seattle, Washington, was presented with his award during the NWFSC All Hands Meeting and 14th Annual Awards Ceremony on October 6, 2015. His nominator noted, “Craig Thornsberry is not only one of the nicest people with whom I have worked at the NW Fisheries Science Center but, time after time, he has never failed to resolve a computer-related issue encountered by me or my staff in a very efficient manner.… Craig is someone we rely upon to make sure everything works, and he never disappoints us.”