The G. Evelyn Hutchinson award honors a limnologist or oceanographer who has made considerable contributions to knowledge, and whose future work promises a continued legacy of scientific excellence. With this award, Dr. Carlson is honored for his pioneering work which accurately mapped dissolved organic carbon (DOC) variation and linked it to the dynamics of microbial communities, establishing scientific concepts that are considered to be vital to understanding the ocean carbon cycle and assessing its impact on future planetary health. The award will be presented at the 2015 Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Granada, Spain, February 22-29, 2015.
Throughout his career, Dr. Carlson has demonstrated a deep commitment to research, teaching and mentorship bringing analytical precision and a wry sense of humor to all facets of his work. As one of the premier analytical chemists in the field, his highly influential work has established and characterized linkages between the biogeochemistry of carbon and microbial dynamics to an extent never before accomplished. His impressive publication record on the subject, including a seminal 1994 publication in Nature entitled “Annual flux of dissolved organic carbon from the euphotic zone in the northwestern Sargasso Sea,” reveals the extraordinary volume and experimental precision of his work and his exceptional determination to remain focused on this complex problem of far-reaching significance.
Dr. Carlson’s long-lasting contribution to ocean science knowledge is also evident in his dedication to his students who have benefited both from his prodigious capacity for work and good-natured enthusiasm. In his current role as the chair of the Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Carlson works closely with his research teams on questions about carbon cycling at coral reefs, and their findings have important implications for the carbon cycle within reef ecosystems and the broader coastal environment.
For his many contributions to oceanography and inspirational leadership, ASLO gratefully acknowledges Craig Carlson.
View the Award Acceptance Presentation on YouTube (Note: audio begins at 23:00)