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January 20, 2011

Mathis wins Alaska Ocean Leadership Award

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Anchorage, Alaska—Jeremy Mathis, assistant professor of chemical oceanography, has received the Alaska Ocean Leadership Award for Marine Research. The award was given by the Alaska SeaLife Center at the Alaska Marine Gala on Sunday, Jan. 16.

According to the Alaska SeaLife Center, Mathis earned the award for his work on carbon cycling and ocean acidification in northern waters.

“His groundbreaking contributions to marine research and communication about ocean acidification are remarkable,” said Ian Dutton, president and CEO of the Alaska SeaLife Center. “His credentials and commitment to research have greatly enhanced the profile of ocean acidification research in Alaska.”

Mathis joined the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in 2006 in marine chemistry from the University of Miami.

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for this award given the diverse and outstanding research that is being done around the state by hundreds of dedicated scientists,” said Mathis. “I could not have done this work without the support of my lab manager Natalie Monacci and my graduate students Jessica Cross, Kristen Shake, Elena Fernandez and Fletcher Sewall.

Mathis says his research on ocean acidification will continue in the coming years.

“Ocean acidification could present a major challenge for the ecosystems of Alaska, but we plan to work even harder in the coming years to better understand the controls and potential impacts of this process,” he said.

The first Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards were given out in January 2010. The awards were established to encourage and give recognition to outstanding achievements related to ocean sciences, education and resource management in Alaska. Award categories include marine research, lifetime achievement, stewardship and sustainability, ocean media and ocean literacy.

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