Bill Williams Award

billThe late W.D. (Bill) Williams was a driving force in Australian limnology and passionately interested in salt lake research and conservation. In 1973 he wrote Inland Waters and Their Ecology, with I.A.E. Bayly. He also wrote a number of other books on salinity and inland waters between 1972 and 1999. Bill was born Liverpool, England, 21 August 1936 and educated at the Universities of Liverpool (BSc 1956, PhD 1960, DSc 1974) and Monash (DipEd 1974).

He arrived in Australia 1961 as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Zoology, Monash University until 1973. Bill accepted the position of Professor of Zoology at the University of Adelaide in 1975.

In 1995 on his “retirement” he became Emeritus Professor and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow. Over the years Bill was the recipient of many awards including the Jolly Award, Australian Society of Limnology; Verco Medal, Royal Society of South Australia 1990; and Fellow, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. Bill passed away after a bitter fight with leukemia, in 2002.

His exuberance and love of science was infectious and inspired a generation of new limnologists. The first W.D. (Bill) Williams Awards for superior student presentations were awarded at the 9th International Conference on Salt Lake Research, held in Perth, Australia and have been presented at each ISSLR conference since. There are two awards – one for the best lecture and one for the best poster. Each award consists of a certificate and money prize (750 USD).

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Award winners

Beijing 2014
Best Lecture

  • Shuli Wang (China): The Cambrian Brine Origin in Tianba County, Chongqing City, China

Best Poster

  • Yuhan Luo (China): Preliminary Measurements of Boundary Layer Reactive Halogens Based on MAX-DOAS Technique Over Salt Lake in West China

Mar Chiquita 2011
Best Lecture

  • Nadja Schmidt (Germany): Hydrogeological and hydrochemical exploration of a lithium-brine deposit: the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Best Poster

  • Mercedes Mufarrege (Argentina): Adaptability of Typha domingensis to environments with high pH and salinity

Salt Lake City 2008
Best Lecture

  • Brian Schubert (USA): Bacteria, archaea, and dunaliella trapped in fluid inclusions in ancient halite, Death Valley, California

Best Poster

  • Stefania Maniatsi (Greece): A population-specific marker within the superspecies Artemia franciscana

Perth 2005
Best Lecture (awarded to two persons as they were both outstanding)

  • Michelle Hindle (Australia): Mapping and modelling Australian black swan feeding habitat from lake Wollumboola, NSW, Australia
  • Lien Sim (Australia): Key factors in the conservation of submerged plant communities in secondary salinised wetlands

Best Poster

  • Courtney Salm (USA): Modeling primary production patterns in prairie saline lakes of the Great plains, USA