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AMMP William W. Amaral Legacy Award
This award was established in 2015 as a lifetime achievement award in recognition of significant and lasting
contribution to the field of paleontology through advancement of the objectives of the Association. This award is named after its inaugural recipient, William W. Amaral.
Throughout his career, Bill was a teacher, an advocate, an innovator, and a skilled practitioner. Working within the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, he raised standards and expectations about what a fossil preparator is and does, helping to build a community by championing the very idea of profession. He participated in fieldwork for more than 40 years, and worked to improve or develop techniques for collecting and preparing fossils even into retirement.
Recipients of the William W. Amaral Legacy Award embody the traits that personify Bill; that he spent his career working to instill in others: patience, vigilance, collegiality, and above all, a drive to advance techniques in paleontology.
Any AMMP Member in good standing may nominate awardees.
Amaral Legacy Award Recipients
2017- William Sanders
2016- Pete Reser
2015- William W. Amaral