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URI Graduate School of Oceanography biologist receives Excellence Award from Phycological Society of America

Narragansett, R.I. -- September 23, 2002 -- URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) research professor Ted Smayda of Jamestown has received a 2002 Award of Excellence from the Phycological Society of America (PSA).

The award was established to recognize phycologists who have demonstrated sustained scholarly contributions in, and impact on the field of phycology over their careers. Phycology is a branch of botany that deals with the study of algae.

Smayda has been an active member of the PSA for many years as a former member of the editorial board of the Journal of Phycology. He has played a prominent role on international advisory committees, at Norwegian, Danish and Dutch universities, and many state and federal agencies. He has served on national committees on harmful algal blooms (HAB) and offered testimony to Congress regarding the emerging problems of HAB species. He has received a silver medal from the University of Helsinki for his contributions in the field of harmful algal blooms, a URI scholarly achievement award, and election into The Norwegian National Academy of Science.

Smayda received a B.S. in biology from Tufts University, an M.S. in biological oceanography from URI, and a Ph.D. in marine phytoplankton from the University of Oslo, Norway.

"Ted is a premier phytoplankton ecologist, noted for his unparalleled ability to clearly synthesize information regarding contemporary phytoplankton issues," said Excellence Awards Committee Chair Dr. Charles Yarish of the University of Connecticut. "His command of various languages allows him to call upon relevant but little known or cited publications to make his points. Some of these syntheses have become seminal papers in the development of HAB research."

The Phycological Society of America is a scientific organization that promotes phycology, the study of algae, and fosters phycological research and education. The society has a worldwide membership of 2,000 members and subscribers in 63 countries.

The URI Graduate School of Oceanography is one of the country's largest marine science education programs, and one of the world's foremost marine research institutions. Founded in 1961 in Narragansett, RI, GSO serves a community of scientists who are researching the causes of and solutions to such problems as acid rain, harmful algal blooms, global warming, air and water pollution, oil spills, overfishing, and coastal erosion. GSO is home to the Coastal Institute, the Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Institute for Underwater Archaeology, and the National Sea Grant Library.

Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642 - lcugini@gso.uri.edu

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