1999 NICHOLAS McCAVE
The recipient of the A.G. Huntsman Award for 1999 is Prof. I. Nicholas McCave of the University of Cambridge, UK. This major Canadian award recognizes Dr. McCave's many seminal contributions to the evolution of a processed-based understanding of fine-sediment grain size distributions in the sea. His efforts to unravel the environmental record stored in muds have yielded insights that extend beyond marine sedimentology and into the broader field of marine particle dynamics and physical oceanography. His dedicated pursuit of mechanistic understanding of fine-sediment dynamics has led to important contributions in a wide range of marine sedimentary environments ranging from the nearshore to the deep sea. His groundbreaking theory and observations of fine-sediment deposition, aggregation and hydrodynamic sorting continue to advance a field that in general has suffered from reliance on empirical calibration of poorly parameterized models. His work has led to greater understanding of phytoplankton bloom dynamics, vertical particle flux in the sea (a key element of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study), and the kinematics of deep-sea circulation in the ancient ocean.