Requests for Proposals

Two Petes Award

Grant Award:
Deadline to Apply: 03/03/2023

Honoring Pete Peterson and Pete Hagen

Two leaders in understanding and advancing recovery of injured resources from the Exxon
Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) passed away in 2020. Both contributed to the evolution of EVOS
studies, from assessing the damages caused to developing a legacy program of marine
science across the Gulf of Alaska. Charles “Pete” Peterson was instrumental in shifting the
paradigm of looking at the recovery of individual species to examining the recovery of spill-affected
communities and ecosystems. Pete P. was fundamentally a nearshore ecologist
who conducted seminal work on the physical and ecological processes driving coastal
biological communities. He was a long-serving member of the EVOS Trustee Council
Science Panel where he was able to guide the development of long-term monitoring
efforts designed to promote collaboration among researchers of many disciplines and
aspects of the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem, ranging from ocean physics to birds, whales, and
intertidal organisms. As the NOAA liaison to the EVOS Trustee Council, Pete Hagen was a
strong proponent for research to understand recovery from oil spills. His tireless efforts
guided the development of multi-disciplinary research programs supported by the EVOS
Trustee Council and advocated for science that addressed ecological and societal needs,
as well as those specific to agency mandates. He played a critical role in the administration
of funding to allow research activities to succeed.
In the honor of Pete Peterson and Pete Hagen, a cash award has been established to
support students that demonstrate excellence in improving our understanding of factors
important to recovery from oil spills in Alaskan waters. A one-thousand-dollar award will
be given to a graduate-level student and a five-hundred-dollar award to an undergraduate
or high school student that demonstrates excellence in studies related to oil spill recovery,
ecosystem science, or connecting environmental research to societal benefit within
Alaskan waters.
We seek applications for these awards. The application must include a five-hundred to
one-thousand-word essay from the student describing how their research interests and
activities address the themes above and a nomination letter from a researcher or teacher
supporting the student’s application.
Complete applications must be received by March 3, 2023. Applications and questions
should be sent electronically to Scott Pegau at wspegau@pwssc.org. The applications will
be evaluated, and awards provided directly to the student.