THE A.G. HUNTSMAN AWARD was established in 1980 by the Canadian marine science community to recognize excellence of research and outstanding contributions to marine sciences. It is presented by the Royal Society of Canada. The award honours marine scientists of any nationality who have had and continue to have a significant influence on the course of marine scientific thought. The Award is named in honour of Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman (1883– 1973), a pioneer Canadian oceanographer and fishery biologist.
The A.G. Huntsman Award was established through principal contributions from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Additional endowment was granted by the LiFT Family Fund through Gift Funds Canada.
The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia is Honorary Patron of the A.G. Huntsman Award.
The 2019 award ceremony and distinguished public lecture will take place on November 7. The ceremony will be at Government House (1451 Barrington Street, Halifax) under the patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. All are welcome to attend the ceremony and reception: please click on this Eventbrite link to register.
The public lecture will be held at the Paul O’Regan Hall of the Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax) at 6:30 pm. The title of the presentation is "Corals on Acid: Ocean Acidification Impacts on Coral Reefs".
The A.G. Huntsman Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2019 A.G. Huntsman Medal will be awarded to Adina Paytan in recognition of her discoveries in the paleoceanographic history of important elements used to recreate the geochemical history of the planet, and of outstanding contributions to understanding the biogeochemical links between global earth-ocean-atmosphere nutrient controls on carbon productivity and paleoclimate.
ADINA PAYTAN is a Research Scientist at the University of California Santa Cruz, USA. She received her PhD from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Her research interests lie in the fields of biogeochemistry, chemical oceanography and paleoceanography. An overarching goal of her research is to understand the processes and feedbacks operating in the Earth System and how they relate to global changes in climate and tectonics. In addition, she is interested in natural and anthropogenically induced perturbations that affect biogeochemical processes and their impact on humans and the environment.
Dr. Paytan is internationally recognized for her leadership and scientific accomplishments. She is a recipient of multiple awards including a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Fellow of the Association of Limnologists and Oceanographers (ASLO), Fellow of the Geochemical Society (GSA), Dansgaard Award for Mid-Career Scientists, Rachel Carson Named Lecture and the Petersen Foundation Excellence in Research Award, among others. Dr. Paytan has mentored many students and has coordinated a wide range of education and outreach initiatives.
The photograph on the website header shows the CSS Hudson in Scott Inlet, Baffin Island, on September 6, 1977. The cliffs in the background are 300 or more metres high. In the fall of 1976, Bedford Institute of Oceanography scientists had observed an oil slick off the Inlet but because of ice conditions at the time they were unable to locate its source or to determine its extent. So in 1977 and again in 1978, CSS Hudson returned to measure the background levels of petroleum residues in the eastern Arctic and also to investigate the geology of the Baffin Island shelf. Together, the chemical and geological studies demonstrated that the slick at Scott Inlet is the result of natural seepage of petroleum from the walls and bottom of the submarine trough that cuts across the continental shelf in this area. This image of CSS Hudson appears on the Huntsman Medal. Photograph by Roger Belanger.