Dr. Randall Brown

Dr. Frederic Nichols

Brown-Nichols Science Award

The Brown-Nichols Science Award has been established to honor the substantive contributions of Dr. Randall Brown and Dr. Frederic Nichols to science, their facilitation of good science by others, and their communication of science to managers and policy makers in the San Francisco Estuary and watershed.

The award is given biennially to recognize the significant contributions of scientists and persons that facilitate the practice of good science in the San Francisco Estuary and watershed. The first award recipient will be announced at the 2008 CALFED Science Conference. Click here to find out more about the Brown-Nichols Science Award.

Sam Luoma Named First Brown-Nichols Winner

Sam Luoma was honored by his peers as the first recipient of the Brown-Nichols Science Award, presented at the 5th Biennial CALFED Science Conference.

Sam Luoma accepts the Brown-Nichols Science Award Luoma accepts award

Luoma, who leads science policy coordination for the John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis, accepted the award October 22, named in honor of Randall Brown and Frederic Nichols who were instrumental in putting together the first three CALFED Science Conferences. Brown served as the first Chief of the Department of Water Resources Environmental Services Office (now Division of Environmental Services) and Nichols is a retired U.S. Geological Survey oceanographer. In addition to honoring the substantive contributions of both Drs. Brown and Nichols, the award recognizes the facilitation of good science and its communication to managers and policymakers in the San Francisco Estuary and watershed.

Dr. Luoma was recognized for his contributions to California as the first Lead Scientist of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, a role he served in for three years beginning in 2000. Additionally, he was hailed for his work in unraveling some difficult contamination issues in the Delta, particularly those related to mercury and selenium, shedding light on their important implications for policymakers.

Dr. Luoma recently retired from the U.S. Geological Survey after 34 years as a research scientist. Currently, in addition to his work at UC Davis, Dr. Luoma is editor-in-chief of the on-line journal San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science. He is also a scientific associate with the National History Museum in London, UK.

His specific research interests are in the bioavailability and effects of metals in aquatic environments, as well as coordination of water policy with science. Specifically, Dr. Luoma has served as a scientific advisor on many issues at the interface of science and environmental management, including in areas of environmental monitoring design, science for water management, sediment quality criteria and bioavailability of contaminants in soils and sediments.

He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, many of which dealt with water quality issues in the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. With co-author Philip Rainbow, Dr. Luoma recently completed the book, Metal Contamination in Aquatic Environments: Science and Lateral Management, published by Cambridge University Press in October 2008.

Dr. Luoma is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was a W. J. Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in the UK in 2004, and received the rank of Meritorius Senior Government Employee from the U.S. President in 2006.