THE ASIH created the annual Spiritus award to recognize excellence in service and support of natural history collections of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. The award alternates between disciplines from year to year with the 2022 Spiritus Award going to an ichthyologist. The winner of the 2022 Spiritus Award is H.J. Walker, Jr., retired collection manager of the Marine Vertebrate Collection at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

H.J. served as Museum Scientist/Collection Manager of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Marine Vertebrate Collection (MVC) for over 33 years. He retired in 2015 and continues to volunteer his time in the collection. During his tenure as collection manager, H.J. oversaw tremendous growth of the fish collection, including collections from around San Diego, Mexico, Taiwan, and numerous freshwater collections. H.J. also worked to accession fishes from the National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, orphaned collections from the UCLA fish collection,...

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