Monday, February 4, 2002


University of Hawaii biological oceanographer David M. Karl was recently recognized with the 2001 A.G. Huntsman Award for his research and contributions to the field.

UH oceanographer honored
with A.G. Huntsman Award

David Karl is recognized for
his marine science work

By Helen Altonn

Canada's marine science community has recognized David M. Karl, University of Hawaii biological oceanographer, for outstanding research and contributions in that field.

Karl was presented with the 2001 A.G. Huntsman Award during a recent ceremony at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

The annual award honors researchers "who have had, and continue to have, a significant influence on the course of marine scientific thought."

It was created in honor of Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman, a pioneer Canadian oceanographer and fishery biologist who died in 1972.

Karl, who holds numerous honors and awards for work leading to understanding of ocean ecosystems and global processes, gave an A.G. Huntsman Distinguished Lecture on "A Sea of Change." He was elected two years ago to an elite group of American Geophysical Union fellows for his contributions and leadership in microbial ecology, molecular ecology and biochemistry.

He has received the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award, the highest honor presented by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and was named in 1997 as one of the UH's "Ninety Fabulous Faculty."

Among other honors, he has received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the White House and National Science Foundation, and UH Board of Regents Excellence in Research awards for junior and senior faculty.

Karl has been a key participant in the Ocean Time-series program at Station Aloha, 60 miles north of Oahu. Scientists have gone to the site once a month since October 1988 to study changes in the ocean.

Similar studies are being done near Bermuda in the North Atlantic. Karl is a member of the affiliate faculty of the Bermuda Biological Station for Research.

The scientists have received $7.5 million for a five-year program. The National Science Foundation also gave the Station ALOHA team an unsolicited "special creativity award" of $2 million for its investigations.

Karl also has done extensive research in the U.S. Antarctic Program.

He joined UH in 1978 after earning a doctorate degree from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif.

Ka Leo O Hawaii
University of Hawaii

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