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James R. Watson selected as a recipient of The Oceanography Society's Early Career Award

For excellence in the use of diverse disciplines such as mathematics, economics, behavioral science, and oceanography to study coupled human-natural interactions in the ocean

The Oceanography Society

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The Oceanography Society (TOS) congratulates Dr. James R. Watson for being selected as a recipient of the Early Career Award from The Oceanography Society. The citation on Dr. Watson's certificate recognizes him for excellence in the use of diverse disciplines such as mathematics, economics, behavioral science, and oceanography to study coupled human-natural interactions in the ocean.

The Selection Committee noted Dr. Watson's innovative development and application of dynamical systems models and network theory to integrate physical and biological oceanography with human behavioral and economic models to address real-world policies that impact populations large and small. They also note his strong publication record, exceptional advising, mentoring, and contributions to diversity, as well as his leadership in forming a company, The Prediction Lab, which combines the best of public education and private-sector practice to provide actionable science-based information and advice to governments and businesses.

Dr. Watson received his M.Sc. in oceanography in 2004 from National Oceanography Centre, Southampton University, and his Ph.D. in marine science in 2011 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He currently is an Assistant Professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University.

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The TOS Early Career Award is presented for significant early-career research contributions and impact, and potential for future achievements in the field of oceanography. This award also seeks to recognize individuals who have additionally made significant contributions toward educating and mentoring in the ocean sciences community and/or who have a record of outstanding outreach and/or science communication beyond the scientific community. The next nomination deadline is September 30, 2022. To learn more about The Oceanography Society and the TOS Early Career Award visit: https://tos.org/early-career-award.

The Oceanography Society (TOS) was founded in 1988 to advance oceanographic research, technology, and education, and to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education. TOS promotes the broad understanding of oceanography, facilitates consensus-building across all the disciplines of the field, and informs the public about ocean research, innovative technology, and educational opportunities throughout the spectrum of oceanographic inquiry. TOS welcomes members from all nations. Any individual, business, or organization interested in ocean sciences is encouraged to join and to participate in the activities and benefits of the society. For more information visit https://tos.org.

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