The technical operations of this prize are guided by the expertise of our Prize Council. We are honored to have such distinguished scientists leading our efforts to ensure that the competition results in radical breakthroughs in pH sensing.
Andrew Dickson is a leading expert in seawater pH, whose research activities are focused on improving our understanding of the carbon dioxide system in seawater, with a current emphasis on the effects of ocean acidification. Since the 1990s he has played a key role in improving measurements of oceanic CO2 system properties, and leads a program to prepare, certify, and distribute CO2 reference materials to the world’s marine scientists. He is currently a professor of marine chemistry at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Richard A. Feely is a NOAA Senior Fellow at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification processes. He received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, in St Paul, Minnesota in 1969. He then went to Texas A&M University where he received both a M.S. degree in 1971 and a Ph.D. degree in 1974. Both of his post-graduate degrees were in chemical oceanography. In November 2010 he was awarded the Heinz Award for his pioneering research on ocean acidification.
Christopher L. Sabine is director of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, WA and an affiliate faculty at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. Sabine received his PhD in chemical oceanography from the University of Hawaii in 1992. Since that time he has published over 120 articles and book chapters. His current research focuses on the global carbon cycle, the role of the ocean in absorbing CO2 released from human activity, and ocean acidification. He has won numerous awards including a Gold Medal Award for pioneering research leading to the discovery of increased acidification in the world’s oceans.