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Join us in congratulating Robert S. Steneck!

Robert S. Steneck, University of Maine, received the 2024 Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal.

Steneck’s insightful studies on marine algae extend from the poles to the tropics, documenting their cascading roles in affecting the structure and function of both current and past coastal marine communities and informing current conservation efforts.

His research, which ranges from coral reefs and kelp forests to fisheries and marine conservation and management, provides key insight into overexploitation, species invasion, and a warming climate in ecosystems from the Gulf of Maine to the Great Barrier Reef.  His tropical research on how juvenile coral settle and grow on coral reefs, and why improved fisheries management aids in how reefs recover from disturbance, has highlighted the importance of developing an ecosystem approach to reef conservation. 

The Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal recognizes excellence in published research on marine or freshwater algae. The award is presented every three years and consists of a gold-plated bronze medal and a $50,000 prize. The Smith Medal was established in March 1968 at the bequest of Helen P. Smith in memory of her husband, Gilbert Morgan Smith. Smith was a renowned botanist, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the first President of the Phycological Society of America.

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 Congratulations Robert S. Steneck of @UMaine, winner of the 2024 National Academy of Sciences’ Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal! Steneck is being honored for advancing understanding and conservation of marine ecosystems. Watch him receive the medal at the 161st NAS Annual Meeting on April 28. The Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal recognizes excellence in published research on marine or freshwater algae.

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 Congratulations Robert S. Steneck of @UMaine, winner of the 2024 @theNASciences Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal for advancing understanding and conservation of marine ecosystems! #NASaward #algae #conservation

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