Jeremy Jackson, renowned marine ecologist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, has been selected to receive the 11th annual Roger Tory Peterson Medal presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History inaugurated the Roger Tory Peterson Memorial Lecture in 1997 to keep alive the memory of the pioneering naturalist and author of the legendary Peterson Field Guide to Birds. The annual event celebrates and perpetuates Peterson's tireless efforts to conserve the planet's biological diversity. Past recipients of the medal have included E.O. Wilson, Jared M. Diamond, Paul R. Ehrlich, Bruce Babbitt, Richard Leakey, Peter Matthiessen, David Attenborough, Roger Bateman, David Suzuki and Jane Goodall.
Jackson is the William E. and Mary B. Ritter Professor at Scripps and director of Scripps' Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. Jackson's current research includes the long-term ecological effects of overfishing on coastal ecosystems and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the formation of the Isthmus of Panama, which divided the Pacific and Atlantic oceans about three million years ago.
Jackson is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and five books. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received the Secretary's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service of the Smithsonian Institution in 1997.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at UCSD, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and graduate training in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources.