The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has recognized UH oceanographer David Karl for his research.
UH ocean scientist David Karl honored
David Karl, University of Hawaii oceanographer and microbial biologist, has been honored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute for achievements and leadership in his field.
He received the David Packard Medal and was elected as the David Packard Distinguished Lecturer. The program was established in 2001 to recognize outstanding performance in marine science and/or marine engineering.
A professor in the UH School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Karl is one of the nation's leading biological oceanographers. But he has said he considers himself "first and foremost a teacher."
He has won numerous awards and honors for his investigations of the ocean and microorganisms. He has credited his research team, calling it "second to none in the world."
Karl has been one of the chief investigators of the Hawaii Ocean Time-series program since it began at an ocean site called Station Aloha about 60 miles north of Oahu.
The monthly studies of the site and marine life have led to a number of discoveries.
Karl was the first oceanographer selected for a $3.85 million Investigator in Marine Science award last year from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
He also has received the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's highest award in oceanography, recognizing "accomplishments that have revolutionized our view of microorganisms in the sea."
Klaus Keil, interim dean of SOEST, said Karl's research "has vastly increased the world's knowledge of microorganisms in the ocean. We are delighted to count him as one of our most distinguished scientists in ocean sciences."
Karl has received more than $17 million for oceanographic research since joining UH in 1978.
He is an affiliate faculty member of the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, which also has an Ocean Time-series program.
He has participated in more than 100 cruises and research dives, including 23 expeditions to Antarctica.
The David Packard medal was established in honor of the Hewlett-Packard Co. co-founder who also founded the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in 1987, to recognize cutting-edge research and development in oceanography.