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Former SIO research wins Heinz Award

Nancy Knowlton, who founded the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and now holds the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian Institution, recently receive a Heinz Award.

She and nine others were recognized for “significant achievements (which) have benefitted the environment. Each recipient received an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000,” according to a press release. “The awards program annually recognizes individuals creating workable solutions to the problems the world faces while inspiring the next generation of modern thinkers.”

Knowlton has had a lifelong focus on the ecology, evolution and conservation of coral reefs. In her 2010 book, “Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures from the Census Marine Life,”  she wrote about “the unique qualities of ocean creatures and the threats that they face,” the release noted. “Her ongoing Beyond the Obituaries project celebrates success stories in ocean conservation, providing an alternative to the narrative of doom and gloom.”