OSU oceanographer/marine biologist awarded ‘Genius’ fellowship

September 29th, 2010

From OSU News:

Kelly Benoit-Bird, a pioneering young oceanographer from Oregon State University, has been selected as one of 23 recipients nationwide of prestigious 2010 MacArthur Fellowships.

Popularly called “Genius Awards,” the fellowships include a $500,000 stipend to further the recipient’s scholarship. They are presented annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Benoit-Bird, 34, studies the interrelationships of animals in different marine environments, using acoustics and other sophisticated technologies. Her innovative uses of sonar in tracking marine creatures from Humboldt squid to spinner dolphins have led to new discoveries about their feeding behavior, movements and even communication….Benoit-Bird is the second Oregon State University marine scientist to have received a MacArthur award. In 1993, Jane Lubchenco, a professor of zoology and now NOAA Administrator, also was honored.

Along with oceanography, Oregon State offers programs in the areas of zoology, biology with a marine biology emphasis, fisheries and wildlife science, and such research facilities as the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Marine Mammal Institute.

Congrats, Kelly!

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