Peggy Fong, UCLA professor and vice chair of the ecology and evolutionary biology department, has won the William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award from the Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF), a national association that promotes research and public policy objectives in nearshore ecosystems.

Peggy Fong

The award will be presented at the association's meeting in November in Portland, Oregon. Since 2001, CERF has recognized leaders in estuarine education excellence with the William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award.

The award was named after Niering who was a pioneer in wetlands ecology and tirelessly supported businesses and educators who promoted practices that protected coastal ecosystems.

Association leaders praised Fong for her high standards of excellence, enthusiasm and approachability as a teacher, qualities that have opened the gate for many undergraduate and graduate students to pursue careers in coastal and estuarine science.