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Seattle Aquarium salutes ocean research and conservation

The Seattle Aquarium bestowed its top awards Thursday to two Northwest scientists whose groundbreaking research and advocacy have made substantial contributions to conserving the marine environment.

Jane Lubchenco and Joe Gaydos were honored at the Aquarium’s annual Chairman’s Dinner.

“The health of Puget Sound and all the planet’s water bodies depends upon strong scientific understanding translated into good public policy,” said Robert W. Davidson, president and CEO of the Seattle Aquarium. “The expertise and leadership of Jane Lubchenco and Joe Gaydos help us understand our role in a healthy natural world.”

Lubchenco, an internationally recognized scientist and marine ecologist, served as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator from 2009 to 2013. Her scientific expertise includes oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being.

Gaydos is the chief scientist and regional director for the SeaDoc Society, a program based on Orcas Island and part of the Wildlife Health Center at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California/Davis. As a wildlife veterinarian, he studies disease and population health in marine wildlife. For the last decade, his work has focused on improving the health of fish and wildlife populations in the Salish Sea.

The Chairman’s Dinner also recognized Linda Johnson with the Scott S. Patrick Inspirational Award, which is given to one board member who has been nominated by peers for contributions to the Seattle Aquarium. She has served on the Aquarium Board for 15 years, including leadership on many Aquarium projects, and is also involved in support of other major cultural institutions.

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