National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges individuals who are making an exceptional impact on ocean science, conservation or policy. Dr. Nancy Knowlton will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to coral research, science communication, and marine science education.

Dr. Nancy Knowlton is currently the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and was the founding director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, she is a world-renowned coral reef biologist, dedicated educator and mentor, and masterful science communicator. Through her work, she is developing the next generation of ocean leaders, using the power of optimism to engage them in our ocean’s most pressing problems. Young professionals whose careers have been shaped by Dr. Knowlton’s efforts span the globe as leaders and influencers, shaping US ocean policy in the halls of Congress and conducting research that combines the natural and social sciences to inform decision making.

Nancy Knowlton is a rare example of a scientist, more like a Renaissance person: researcher, educator, author, communicator, entrepreneur, creative mind,” said Dr. Enric Sala, Explorer in Residence at National Geographic. “Her natural optimism is inspiring an entire generation of young scientists to focus on solutions instead of just dwelling on describing the problems. She inspired and continues to inspire all of us.”

The Award will be presented at the Ocean Gala in Washington D.C. on June 4th during Capital Hill Ocean Week.