The IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medal honours Early Career Scientists for their outstanding research in the physical or chemical sciences of the oceans, and for their cooperation in international research. The IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medal is presented by the IAPSO President, every two years, at the biannual IAPSO Assembly, where the Awardee will be expected to give a talk on a scientific topic of their choice. Financial assistance to attend the Assembly will be available.
The following early career scientists are awarded the IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medal 2021:
Physical ocean science
Dr. Thomas Wahl, University of Central Florida, USA, is the recipient of the 2021 IAPSO Early Career Scientist medal in physical ocean science. This is awarded in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the research on changes in mean sea level, tides, storm surges, waves, and their interactions.
Dr. Wahl's research has had a high impact with significant involvement in practical outcomes, and with immediate relevance to humankind. He has also written key publications in an accessible manner to multi-disciplinary audiences.
Bigger ships or less flooding? How tidal changes affect flooding along the U.S. coast (recording of the presentation, VACO-21)
Chemical ocean science
Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons, Texas A&M University, USA, is the recipient of the 2021 IAPSO Early Career Scientist medal in chemical ocean science. This is awarded in recognition of her contributions to advances in the analysis, distribution and cycling of trace elements in the oceans, particularly iron.
Dr. Fitzsimmons has a strong publication record, and she has made an important impact on the community studying trace metals in the ocean. In addition, she has extensive editorial experience and has frequently led seagoing research expeditions.
Micronutrient trace metal dynamics in the Arctic Ocean (recording of the presentation, VACO-21)
Timeline for 2021 awards
Procedure and requirements for Nomination
Nominations for the IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medals for physical ocean science and chemical ocean science must be submitted to the IAPSO Secretary General, by the deadline stated in the call. Late submissions will not be considered.
Nominators should themselves be well qualified in the physical or chemical sciences of the oceans and be thus capable of judging the merits of the work in these areas.
Members of the IAPSO Early Career Scientist Award Committee cannot be a nominator or a nominee, nor write a letter of support for a nominee.
Self nomination is not possible; nominations solicited by a nominee are considered as self nomination.
The Medal shall be awarded only once to the same scientist.
Eligibility of nominee
The Nominee should meet the following criteria:
The nomination package should include
Call for nominations
The deadline for nominations will be six months prior to the opening of the IAPSO assembly. The nomination must be signed by the nominator, giving details of their full name and title, affiliation, present (or if retired last) position held. Electronic signatures are acceptable.
Any unsuccessful nomination in a given competition may be re-considered for the medal in a subsequent competition. Any such re-nomination may or may not be made by the same nominator, and should be treated as a new nomination with updated material, including updated/new letters of support.
IAPSO Early Career Scientist Award Committee
The IAPSO Early Career Scientist Award Committee is appointed by the IAPSO President. It consists of 4 members plus the chair of the IAPSO Early Career Working Group. Together they will agree that the nominations conform to the criteria of the award, and rank the awards. If needed the Committee can request an independent expert reviewer to give an outside opinion on any nomination. The Award Committee will then make a recommendation to the IAPSO Executive Committee for ratification.
Nomination and supporting letters should be concise, clear, and preferably on letterhead. They must clearly state how the nominee's research has made significant impact on their field, written in terms that can be understood by their peers and those outside their research.
Previous Recipients of the IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medal have been:
2019 - Physical ocean science: Dr Gerard McCarthy
2019 - Chemical ocean science: Dr Mar Benavides
Dr Gerard McCarthy, Lecturer at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, Maynooth University, Ireland is the recipient of the 2019 IAPSO Early Career Scientist medal in physical ocean science. This is awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and its role in Earth's climate system.
Dr Mar Benavides, Scientific Researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Marseille, France is the recipient of the 2019 IAPSO Early Career Scientist medal in chemical ocean science. This is awarded in recognition of her development of original strategies, integrating disciplines, to introduce a novel and comprehensive oceanographic approach to nitrogen cycling research.
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