Scripps Professor Wins 25th Rosenstiel Award for Contributions to Marine Science


Lynne Talley, a research oceanographer and professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, has been chosen as the recipient of the 25th annual Rosenstiel Award.

Presented by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the Rosenstiel Award recognizes outstanding scientists and researchers for their contributions to the field of marine science.

Talley, a physical oceanographer who specializes in large-scale ocean circulation, was honored as a researcher who has made a "significant and growing impact" on her field.

Talley is known as one of the world’s leading experts on the mid-latitude air-sea interaction processes around the world. These processes are being recognized for their important role in climate variability.

The award citation highlights Talley’s achievements in ocean exploration and unraveling its many complexities. She is cited for her lead in the international World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) and her efforts to ensure the legacy of WOCE by organizing the analysis and synthesis phases of the program.

"Dr. Talley is famous for her seemingly endless energy and her ability to infect her students and colleagues alike with her enthusiasm for the research at hand," notes the award citation. "This ability also extends to the scientific planning arena where she is known as an energetic and insightful leader who

will be looked towards to guide the research, process study, and observing system planning for climate change programs. Professor Talley is truly a sterling role model for young scientists having proven that one can excel at taking command of the research vessel on ocean spanning cruises, contribute to the underlying theoretical basis of our knowledge of the ocean, and still make contributions to the future as a planner and a mother. Whether tracing the path of the sequence of events that lead to the formation of a water mass or building a new picture of the changes in the ocean during the past century, Dr. Talley has provided us with a wonderful new picture of how the ocean works."

A professor in the Physical Oceanography Research Division at Scripps, Talley received a Ph.D. from the Woods Hole/MIT Joint Program in Physical Oceanography.

She was selected as a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator in 1987. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the Oceanography Society.

Talley lives in Solana Beach, Calif., and has one son.

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