||Kenneth H. Mann
||"In recognition of his significant achievements in the aquatic sciences, his contributions to the stature of these fields, and his role as a model for those at earlier career stages"
||Clifford H. Mortimer
||"In recognition of his lasting and substantive contributions across disciplines of aquatic biology, chemistry and physics, his leadership, and his general commitment to excellence"
||"For her outstanding contributions to aquatic ecology and environmental problem solving, her pioneering work on algae as indicators of water quality, and her leadership as an educator within and outside of academia"
||Alan R. Longhurst
||"In recognition of sustained excellence in the study of marine food webs and biogeography, and of outstanding leadership in the development of international collaboration and in the administration of world-renowned oceanographic programs"
||"For his prolific, diverse, and seminal papers on key oceanographic issues, rigorous application of the scientific method, high intellectual standards, and excellence in teaching"
||Charles S. Yentsch
||"For sustained and innovative contributions in the fields of phytoplankton pigments and productivity, optical properties and remote sensing, and for establishing and sustaining oceanographic initiatives and programs"
||"For his research and teaching on the subjects of plankton succession and the role of physical processes in structuring plankton communities that have guided the oceanography field for four decades"
||"For his exemplary research contributions in paleolimnology, biogeochemistry and eutrophication; outstanding administrative accomplishments in forming and fostering the Experimental Lakes Area; and passionate efforts in educating children in environmental, ecological and limnological issues"
||John J. Magnuson
||"For his extensive and effective service to the limnological and oceanographic communities, including leadership in national and international programs that have strengthened both science and policy, and for his seminal approaches to the community ecology of lakes and lake districts"
||John J. Gilbert
||"For developing and sustaining the field of rotifer ecology and biology; for successful mentorship for more than a quarter century; and for vital service contributions to the national and international communities of limnologists and oceanographers"
||Charles R. Goldman
||"For his enduring efforts to understand and protect Lake Tahoe, his inspiring mentorship of numerous students who themselves have made lasting scientific contributions, and for his tireless advocacy for limnological research, training and stewardship worldwide"
||"For leading our modern understanding of ocean color, particularly in Case 1 waters, where the optical properties are dominated by biology; and for fundamental work in the interpretation of satellite observations of ocean color"
||"For opening our eyes to the fascinating world of low Reynolds numbers and rapid diffusion and to the amazing adaptations of chemotactic and locomotive behaviour developed by protozoa and bacteria to life in a heterogenerous world"
||"For major contributions in physical limnology and particularly for fundamental insights into lake stratification and mixing dynamics through observational, theoretical and modeling studies"
||"For contributions in the field of aquatic microbial ecology and involvement with the development of important institutions and research programs"
||Peter J. LeB. Williams
||"For his outstanding contributions to our understanding of oceanic productivity, carbon cycling and metabolic balance and for his role in shaping current views on the importance of microbial processes in the oceans"
||James F. Kitchell
||"For field-changing contributions in the areas of fish ecology and fisheries, trophic dynamics, and understanding the role of fish in aquatic ecosystems."
||"For fundamental discoveries in deep sea ecology, visionary leadership of marine sciences, selfless community service, and groundbreaking technical innovations that will shape oceanography for decades to come."
||Winfried Lampert and Maciej Gliwicz
||"For their outstanding individual and collaborative research, which has laid the foundations for our current understanding of phytoplankton-zooplankton interactions, trophic ecology of zooplankton, and evolutionary relationships in freshwater ecosystems."
||Bruce J. Peterson
||"For innovative and transformative studies of carbon, nutrient and water cycles at process, ecosystem and global scales."
||Gene E. Likens
||"For his extraordinary long-term contributions to the fields of limnology and oceanography–including research, education, and service within and beyond the aquatic sciences community."
||"For his unfaltering record of revolutionary limnological research that addressed the most important aquatic environmental issues of our time."
||Evelyn Sherr and Barry Sherr
||"For their lifetime research on food-web interactions, protists, and the factors controlling the activity, growth, and survival of aquatic microorganisms."