Mark A. Moline and Neil C. Sturchio of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment have received project of the year awards from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP).
SERDP is the environmental science and technology program of the Department of Defense, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
“It is rare for two researchers from the same university and unit to be recognized by this competitive program. We are very proud to see our talented faculty’s research recognized by such a prestigious organization,” said Mohsen Badiey, acting dean of the college.
Moline, director of the School of Marine Science and Policy, was part of a team honored for its resource conservation and resiliency project, which involved mapping of deep-diving teuthivorous, or squid-eating, whales and their prey field.
The project team was led by Kelly J. Benoit-Bird from Oregon State University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and included Moline and Brandon L. Southall of Southall Environmental Associates.
Sturchio, chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, was part of a team recognized for its environmental restoration project, which involved tracking the uptake, translocation, cycling and metabolism of munitions compounds in coastal marine ecosystems.
Led by Craig R. Tobias of the University of Connecticut, the team included Sturchio, Penny Vlahos of the University of Connecticut, John Karl Bohlke of the U.S. Geological Survey, Stephen Fallis of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and Richard W. Smith of Global Aquatic Research LLC.
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