The Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award honors an early-career scientist for outstanding and balanced contributions to research, science training, and broader societal issues such as resource management, conservation, policy, and public education. Dr. Angelicque White is the 2016 recipient of the Yentsch-Schindler Award for her groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research to improve our understanding of biological and physical relationships in the ocean, for her dedication to develop and expand experiential learning opportunities for students, and for her commitment to the promotion of underrepresented groups and engagement of the public in science issues. Dr. White is an Associate Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. The award will be presented at the ASLO 2016 Summer Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 5-10, 2016.
Angelicque White’s contributions to the scientific community far exceed what would be expected from an early career scientist. Her research interests are broad, and driven by the search for a mechanistic understanding of the processes through which elements are exchanged between microorganisms and the surrounding seawater. To this end, Dr. White has employed a wide variety of analytical tools, from direct measurements to remote observations to modeling. She has led efforts to quantitatively assess the environmental forcing of different types of phytoplankton blooms, as well as conducted research that has transformed our understanding of marine nitrogen fixation and methane cycling.
Despite the early stage of her academic career, Angelicque has been a prolific writer of very high standards, including authorship of important papers on diverse topics ranging from microbial modeling studies, microbial physiology, and the roles of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles. White’s insight and ability to creatively link a variety of disparate approaches has resulted in numerous high impact publications with increasing productivity (>35 papers since she graduated in 2006, with 7 papers in 2014 alone).
Angelicque White is not only an outstanding researcher, but also a strong proponent of science education and outreach. She has shown a continuous drive to include underrepresented groups in marine science, and has participated in and led communication workshops at both the state and national level. She is a highly regarded teacher, leading ship-based courses each of the past six years that have allowed students to experience oceanographic research firsthand.
Angelicque’s professional accomplishments are impressive by any standard. It is testament to a life of strength and determination that she did so while balancing significant personal challenges – most significantly losing her wife to cancer. Her candidness about these struggles have made Angel a role-model for future generations and a beacon to the entire community as scientists aim to acheive work life balance. Angelicque White epitomizes the intent of the Yentsch-Schindler Award, excelling in all aspects of her career, from research to mentoring and outreach. ASLO President Jim Elser said of Angelicque White’s selection for the Yentsch-Schindler Award, “The diversity, quality, and productivity of Dr. White’s research has poised her to continue making big contributions to marine science research. I also admire her commitment to science education and outreach – this really makes her a role model for her peers. She is emerging as one of the leaders in the aquatic sciences, both in terms of research and science education.”