In 2019, the Governing Council approved the establishment of a new PICES award, the Zhu-Peterson Early Career Scientist Award. The award is named in honor of Professor Zhu and Dr. Peterson, two marine scientists who strongly encouraged early career scientists to become engaged in PICES. Professor Mingyuan Zhu of the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, China, trained many graduate students and young scientists, who carry on his rich legacy of honest enthusiasm for cooperative approaches to marine science research. He led many national and international projects, including studies of environmental carrying capacity, eutrophication and shellfish toxins, and sustainable mariculture. Dr. William (Bill) Peterson of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center of NOAA, USA, was cherished by his students, technicians, and PICES early career scientists who regarded him as “a great teacher, and a fun, humble and inspiring mentor”. For many, the greatest benefit of working with Bill was expanding their research vision and expertise into areas such as zooplankton ecology, fisheries oceanography, and climate change. Both Zhu and Peterson passed away far too early during their careers in ocean science. PICES honours the memories of their contributions with this Award.
The Zhu-Peterson ECS Award may be given annually to an individual who has performed innovative research at the frontier of science relevant to the PICES mission as set out in the Convention:
Nominations are accepted annually from the PICES community although the award may not be given every year if a suitable candidate is not found. The nominee must be in the beginning of his or her independent research career which is defined as: (1) less than 5 years since finishing graduate school or postdoctoral training, whichever comes later, and (2) less than or equal to 38 years of age on the date of nomination. The main criterion for selection is innovative research at the frontiers of ocean science relevant to the mission of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization and society. The individual must be performing research in the PICES region. Special consideration will be given to nominees who have worked in integrating the disciplines of marine science. Individuals who were or are currently actively involved in PICES activities are preferred. The PICES Science Board will serve as the Selection Committee. The Award Presentation Ceremony takes place at an Opening Session during the PICES Annual Meeting and travel support will be provided to the successful nominee. Individuals nominated but not chosen for the Zhu-Peterson Award are eligible to be re-nominated, providing that the nomination documents are updated.
Nominations for the 2020 PICES Chair Award are now closed.