PIFSC scientist Dr. Jeffrey Polovina is recipient of the 2010 Wooster Award in recognition of his significant contributions to marine science in the North Pacific
On October 25, during opening ceremonies of the annual meeting of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) in Portland, Oregon, the organization’s prestigious Wooster Award was conferred on on NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center researcher Dr. Jeffrey Polovina.
The award is named in honor of Professor Warren S. Wooster, a founder and first Chair of PICES. Wooster was a researcher and statesman of world renown and an authority on climate variability and fisheries production. The award is given annually by PICES to an individual who has made significant scientific contributions to North Pacific marine science, such as understanding and predicting the role of human and climate interactions on marine ecosystem production.
In the award presentation ceremony, PICES Chair Dr. Tokio Wada of Japan’s Fisheries Research Agency cited the numerous contributions Dr. Polovina has made during an exemplary career at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. The official citation (below) recounts groundbreaking scientific accomplishments on a wide array of topics including mathematical modeling of ecosystem dynamics, use of remotely-sensed data to improve understanding of marine fauna and their habitats, effects of climate variability on marine ecosystems, and more.
Now in his 32nd year with NOAA, Polovina directs the Center's Ecosystems and Oceanography Division, leading a team of talented and energetic scientists to explore the interaction of living marine resources with their ocean habitat and probe fundamental questions of ecosystem dynamics and effects of climate change on marine resource distribution, abundance, and productivity. The group's research includes extensive collaboration with researchers in other government offices and academic institutions worldwide.
As the 2010 honoree, Dr. Polovina joins an illustrious list of previous Wooster Award recipients http://www.pices.int/Wooster_Award/default.aspx .
PICES is an intergovernmental scientific organization established in 1992 to promote and coordinate marine research in the North Pacific; advance knowledge of the ocean environment, global weather and climate change, living resources and their ecosystems, and impacts of human activities; and promote collection and rapid exchange of scientific information on these issues. Its present members are Canada, People's Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, and the United States of America.