E.B.S. Logier Communications Award Recipients

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Year Recipient Comments
2016 Jeffrey Rowell

The first E.B.S. Logier Communications Award was presented to Jeffrey C. Rowell for his groundbreaking publication "The Snakes of Ontario: Natural History, Distribution, and Status". This outstanding contribution to scholarly knowledge of Ontario snakes covers the biology, history, biogeography, threats and a synthesis of the known history of snakes in Ontario. This is, by far, the most comprehensive book on the snakes of Ontario ever written, filled with full colour photographs and well researched natural history, conservation and distribution information. A work of passion, the humble and kind Mr. Rowell spent many years photographing snakes in the wild, meeting with countless researchers across Ontario and conducting intensive research to ensure accuracy. This book is truly a work of dedication, one that will assist with the research and conservation of snakes in Ontario for decades to come. The foreword is written by prominent Canadian herpetologist Michael Oldham. This volume sets the bar high for natural history books, and was an obvious choice for the inaugural presentation of this award.
2017 Scott Gillingwater and Alistair MacKenzie

The E.B.S. Logier Communications Award was presented to Scott Gillingwater and Alistair MacKenzie, for their comprehensive "Photo Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario", published by the St. Thomas Field Naturalists. The book includes all of the essential biological facts, diagnostic characteristics, and commonly encountered colour morphs that are necessary to identify the species. The information is organized and presented in an intuitive and easy-to-use format, and its compact design makes for an easy-tocarry paperback field guide. This field guide is an excellent resource for novice and expert herpetologists alike, and it is an important contribution to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles of Canada.
2018 Dr. Leslie Anthony

Jackie Litzgus (R) presenting the EBS Logier award to Leslie Anthony (L)

Dr. Leslie Anthony is an award-winning science and adventure journalist, editor, and filmmaker with interests in population science, the environment, action sports, and adventure travel. Leslie takes a scientific topic and makes it tangible, accessible and memorable through humour and personal experiences. The clearest examples of this skill are two of his books, Snakebit: Confessions of a Herpetologist and The Aliens Among Us: How Invasive Species are Transforming the Planet — and Ourselves. Leslie has also published magazine articles with herpetological themes in Explore, Canadian Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, The Tyee, and other widely read print and online magazines. In addition, as he has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto, Leslie has published 18 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, largely on the Ambystoma salamander polyploidy story. Leslie is also author of the acclaimed ski adventure book, White Planet, he is affiliated with several North American ski and outdoor magazines, and his work appears annually in twelve countries in seven languages. There is no doubt that Leslie has made significant contributions to the scientific understanding and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, with that understanding reaching broad audiences through numerous media avenues, both academic and popular, making him a very deserving recipient of the E.B.S. Logier Communications Award.
2019 Ontario Nature
Toronto, ON

This year’s E.B.S. Logier Communication award was presented to Ontario Nature in recognition of the significant contribution to amphibian and reptile conservation in Canada through the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas (ORAA) program. The atlas is a province-wide, citizen-science initiative that has been engaging researchers, conservation practitioners, and members of the public in amphibian and reptile conservation and research in Ontario for the past 10 years. Since it began in 2009, the ORAA gathered 261,730 new amphibian and reptile occurrences, representing a 3-fold increase to the provincial record. The success of the atlas includes broad education and engagement of tens of thousands of people through its website and Facebook page, and the establishment of local area coordinators and champions throughout Ontario, helping to formalize a provincial network of reptile and amphibian citizen scientists. These networks and social media tools have provided an invaluable forum for people to share ideas and ask questions, engaging the public in amphibian and reptile education and conservation at a scale that is truly unique to Canada. Through its public communications tools, the ORAA has become a definitive source for amphibian and reptile information in Ontario, including dynamic range maps and real-time advice and answers from Ontario’s professional herpetological community. The ORAA will have a profound and long-lasting benefit for the conservation of Ontario’s amphibians and reptiles, making Ontario Nature a deserving recipient of the E.B.S. Logier Communications Award for their efforts in developing and implementing this program.
2020 Dr. Francis Russell Cook
Canadian Museum of Nature

The E.B.S. Logier Communication award was presented posthumously to Dr. Francis Russell Cook. When Dr. Cook passed away on January 3, 2020, the Canadian herpetological community lost not only its greatest cheerleader, but a tireless science communicator. As such, Francis’s far-reaching legacy to Canadian herpetology is to be found not only in the numerous papers, reports and books he authored, but with the dozens of people from coast to coast to coast with whom he corresponded. His 35 years as Curator of Herpetology at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa produced thoughtful, detailed treatises based on a passion for old-school observation and data-gathering. These include the iconic 1984 softcover Introduction to Canadian Amphibians and Reptiles, a popular reference volume thumbed to tatters by aspiring Canuck herpetologists the way a good vinyl album was once played until its grooves wore through. Francis also spent a record 34 years as editor-in-chief of The Canadian Field-Naturalist, aiding generations of both amateur and professional naturalists to enter the scientific milieu and share their discoveries, and for which he was recognized in 2019 with the Order of Canada. In a young but vast country with a small population, much of Cook’s work and mentoring was fortuitously pioneering, and Canada‚Äôs currently robust herpetological community wouldn’t be what it is were it not for his largesse. Indeed, we all owe more than we can imagine to the inimitable and iconic doyen of Canadian herpetology for his hovering, fatherly presence in the nation’s capital, his historical perspectives, and his generous encouragements, which, in my own case, included thoughtfully answering a hand-written letter from an aspiring 8-year-old herpetologist (Dr. Leslie Anthony).