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“Lifetime Achievement” in Marine Science celebrated

Thursday 28 August 2014 8:08am

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Associate Professor Keith Probert with Head of Otago’s Marine Science Department Associate Professor Abby Smith (left) and New Zealand Marine Science Society President Dr Mary Livingston.

Otago’s Associate Professor Keith Probert has won New Zealand’s top award for marine science in recognition of his “outstanding contribution” to the field.

Associate Professor Probert was presented with the New Zealand Marine Science Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Society’s annual conference this month.

A former head of the Marine Science department, Associate Professor Probert is a nationally and internationally respected benthic ecologist .

His work on the benthic zone of marine systems – the seabed and its associated organisms – is exceptional.

He has authored or co-authored about 70 research papers, two books, and numerous book chapters on marine biology and ecology of the New Zealand region from inter-tidal through to deep sea environments.

He has supervised many students, is an excellent communicator of science to the general public and a passionate advocate of marine conservation.

Associate Professor Probert says he is very honoured to receive the award.

“It reflects too I believe the fact that I've been fortunate to have worked with many colleagues in New Zealand over the years,” he says.

Head of Marine Science Associate Professor Abby Smith says the department is extremely proud of Associate Professor Probert.

The award itself is a bronze sculpture in the form of the internal spire of a gastropod shell, designed and manufactured by Wellington artist Nick Dryden.