RANCHO SANTA FE — The San Diego Oceans Foundation has awarded the 2010 Roger Revelle Award to Rancho Santa Fe resident Ed Parnell in recognition for his contributions to scientific research with concern for the quality and sustainability of our ocean resources.
Parnell will be honored at the Oceans Benefit Gala on Nov. 13 at a private residence in Rancho Santa Fe. Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward San Diego Oceans Foundation’s marine education and pollution prevention programs, such as Ocean in Motion marine education for underserved youth, White Seabass Restoration and Storm Drain Stenciling. Visit www.oceansbenefit.org to purchase tickets for this night of sustainable seafood, a variety of local wines, musical entertainment and a silent auction.
The San Diego Oceans Foundation’s most prestigious honor, the Roger Revelle Award, is awarded annually to a San Diegan in science, academia, industry, military, recreation or philanthropy who demonstrates personal initiative in encouraging stewardship of the world’s precious ocean resources. The award is named for the late Dr. Revelle, the fifth director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the driving force in creating UCSD, and the first director of the Center for Population Studies at Harvard.
Parnell first received a Master of Science degree from the University of Hawaii in Biological Oceanography in 1992 studying the biogeography of Hawaiian corals and the effects of sewage outfalls on the ecology of nearshore Hawaiian. Parnell received his Ph.D. in biological oceanography in 2000. Parnell realized that we are having an increasingly negative impact on coastal ecosystems through overfishing, pollution, and the wholesale re-engineering of shorelines including the destruction of important nursery habitats such as estuaries and seagrass beds. This concern led him to participate in studies of human disturbances on marine ecosystems focusing on the need for and design of marine protected areas and methods to evaluate the effects of pollution on marine ecosystems. Presently, he is a project scientist at Scripps working on these types of problems as well as the ecology and biogeography of southern California ecosystems.
San Diego Oceans Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1984 and has built a legacy of grassroots volunteer programs that increase the understanding of marine animals, protect ecosystems, and provide solutions to environmental challenges. Through their programs, they encourage community members of all ages and backgrounds to engage in meaningful, hands-on volunteer work and help spread their message of ocean stewardship. For more information on San Diego Oceans Foundation visit http://sdoceans.org.
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