Honors & Awards

Alaska Legislative Citation
Citation by 27th Alaska Legislature 2011 Honoring Professor Rick Steiner.

Ocean Hero Award Nominee (2012), Oceana

Citation from 27th (2011) Alaska Legislature Honoring Professor Rick Steiner – for “many years of outstanding service to the University of Alaska, and for the exceptional impact his work has had in Alaska, the nation, and around the world.”

Distinguished Graduate Registry of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University (2011) for "alumni who have made major contributions to the field of fisheries or wildlife, and who have achieved distinction in a career in natural resources education, research, or management."

Alaska Muckraker of the Year Award (2010) – Cook Inlet Keeper, Alaska

Commendation (2005) - United Nations and Government of Pakistan for serving as Chief Technical Advisor to Government of Pakistan on Natural Resource Damage Assessment for the Tasman Spirit Oil Spill

Commendation (2000) – Inupiat People of the Village of Elim, Alaska, for assistance in the Congressional resolution of land claims (Public Law 106-194).

Vice President Al Gore Silver Hammer Award (1999). Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Derelict Fishing Gear Cleanup Project - participant / technical advisor with NMFS, US Coast Guard, Hawaii Sea Grant, USFWS.

Honorary Member of the Eyak Tribe (1994), for service to the Eyak people, presented at ceremonial potlatch, Cordova Alaska.

The Alaska Conservation Foundation Olaus Murie Award (1993) - to recognize exemplary professional contribution to conservation in Alaska.

National Wildlife Federation Trudy Farrand/John Strohm Magazine Writing Award (1993) - for “Probing an Oil-Stained Legacy,” as best written article in National Wildlife or International Wildlife magazines.

National Fishermen Magazine Highliners’s Award (1991) - for exceptional service to the people of Prince William Sound during the two years following the Exxon Valdez oil spill presented at “Highliner’s Banquet”, Fish Expo, Seattle

Government Publication Review nationwide award (1991) – for authoring: “Lessons of the Exxon Valdez.”

Meritorious Incentive Award (1989) - meritorious faculty performance, Marine Advisory Program, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Special Achievement Award, Arctic Survival School, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, (1982). For exceptional performance in January, 1982 training session.

Special Achievement Award (1975) - for superior performance in hazardous working conditions in the Shelikof Strait, Alaska, hydrography studies conducted by NOAA, National Ocean Survey ship “Fairweather.”          


Boards & Commissions

Board of Directors, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (2010-present) 

Science Advisor, Mas Kagin Tapani Association (“Sea Guardians”), Papua New Guinea (2009 - present)

International Advisory Board, The Ocean Foundation

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy member (2004-2013)

IUCN International Scientific Review Panel for Western Gray Whale / Offshore Oil Development off Sakhalin Island, Russia (2004-2005)

Co-founder / Facilitator of Shipping Safety Partnership (2005-2009) – an international partnership of NGOs – Alaska Native organizations, commercial fishing, conservation, scientists, etc., to improve safety of merchant shipping across North Pacific.

International Advisory Group for Caspian Revenue Watch, Open Society Institute (2003-2004)

Prince William Sound Alliance – National Wildlife Federation (2001-2004)

Copper River Delta Coalition – National Wildlife Federation (2001-2004)

EarthRights Institute, Advisor (2000-2002)

International Expert on two Siberian Expert Review Commissions to review Russia / China Pipeline Environmental Assessment: Buryat Expert Review Commission, and Irkutsk Expert Review Commission, reporting to Russian Ministry of Natural Resources (2002-2003)

Co-Founder / Board of Directors, Prince William Sound Science Center, Cordova, Alaska (1989-1991)

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