Scipps Institution scientists honored

Four scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography have been honored for their work in exploring the biological aspects of the oceans.

  • Postdoctoral researcher Octavio Aburto-Oropeza in Scripps' Marine Biology Research Division (MBRD) and Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) was selected to receive a Kathryn Fuller Fellowship by the World Wildlife Fund. He was selected as the sole winner in a worldwide, merit-based competition of nearly 100 applicants.

The fellowship will support his work in the Gulf of California concentrating on issues related to the ecological and economic importance of marine reserves.

  • Recent Scripps Ph.D. graduate Francesca Malfatti, now a postdoctoral researcher at Scripps MBRD, has been selected to receive the International Recognition of Professional Excellence (IRPE) Prize by the International Ecology Institute. The prize honors a young ecologist under the age of 40 who has published "uniquely independent, original and/or challenging research representing an important scientific breakthrough, and/or who must work under particularly difficult conditions."
  • Brian Palenik, a Scripps MBRD professor of marine biology, has been awarded the 2010 Darbaker Prize by the Botanical Society of America. The Darbaker Prize is awarded for meritorious work in the study of microscopic algae.
  • Michael Tillman, a research associate in Scripps CMBC, was named by President Obama to the Marine Mammal Commission. The three-member commission is charged with the protection and conservation of marine mammals and the maintenance of the health and stability of the ecosystems upon which they depend.

SOURCE: Press Release

   
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