Edward A. Frieman Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Research

Diego Melgar accepts the Frieman Prize in 2014.

Diego Melgar accepts the Frieman Prize in 2014.

The Edward A. Frieman Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Research was initiated with contributions from the Frieman family to honor Edward Frieman on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Frieman, who passed away in 2013, served as director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography from 1986 to 1996 and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was a plasma physicist with research interests that extended into other physical science fields, including hydromagnetics, hydrodynamics, and astrophysics.

The Frieman Prize provides Scripps Oceanography with the opportunity to recognize Scripps graduate students who have distinguished themselves in their scientific work as measured by the quality of their research publications. The Frieman Prize is awarded annually and each student winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a certificate. 


  • 2015 Hao Ye  

"Equation-free mechanistic ecosystem forecasting using empirical dynamic modeling” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 

  • 2014 Diego Melgar​

"Near-field tsunami models with rapid earthquake source inversions from land- and ocean-based observations: The potential for forecast and warning” Journal of Geophysical Research

  • 2013 Caitlin Whalen

Spatial and temporal variability of global ocean mixing inferred from Argo profiles” Geophysical Research Letters

  • 2012 Roland Kersten

"A mass spectrometry-guided genome mining approach for natural product peptidogenomics” Nature Chemical Biology

  • 2011 Cassondra Williams

"What triggers the aerobic dive limit? Patterns of muscle oxygen depletion during dives of Emperor penguins” The Journal of Experimental Biology

  • 2010 Patrick Shaw

Arctic organic aerosol measurements show particles from mixed combustion in spring haze and from frost flowers in winter” Geophysical Research Letters

  • 2009 Loren McClenachan

Documenting Loss of Large Trophy Fish from the Florida Keys with Historical Photographs” Conservation Biology

  • 2008 Xavier Mayali

Cultivation and Ecosystem Role of a Marine Roseobacter Clade-Affiliated Cluster Bacterium” Applied and Environmental Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology

  • 2007 Christopher Ellison

Disruption of Mitochondrial Function in Interpopulation Hybrids of Tigriopus Californicus” Evolution 

  • 2006 Renee Bulow

New Events Discovered in the Apollo Lunar Seismic Data” Journal of Geophysical Research

  • 2006 Hyodae Seo

Effect of Ocean Mesoscale Variability on the Mean State of Tropical Atlantic Climate” Geophysical Research Letters

  • 2005 Benjamin Hodges

Simple Models of Steady Deep Maxima in Chlorophyll and Biomass” Deep-Sea Research

  • 2004 Jeanine Donley

Convergent Evolution in Mechanical Design of Lamnid Sharks and Tunas” Nature

  • 2003 Bridget Smith

Coulomb Stress Accumulation Along the San Andreas Fault System” Journal of Geophysical Research

  • 2002 Mark Kessler

A Model for Sorted Circles as Self-Organized Patterns” Journal of Geophysical Research

  • 2001 Fabrice Veron

​​Experiments on the Stability and Transition of Wind-Driven Water Surfaces” Journal of Fluid Mechanics

  • 2000 Rob Rhew

Natural Methyl Bromide and Methyl Chloride Emissions from Coastal Salt Marshes” Nature

  • 1999 Kay Bidle

Accelerated Dissolution of Diatom Silica by Marine Bacterial Assemblages” Nature

  • 1998 Helen Perks

A 400Kyr Record of Combustion Oxygen Demand on the Ontong-Java Plateau: Evidence for a Precessionally Forced Climate Response” Paleoceanography

  • 1997 Steve Mojzsis

Evidence for Life on Earth Before 3,800 Million Years Ago” Nature

  • 1996 Willie Swanson

Extraordinary Divergence and Positive Darwinian Selection in a Fusagenic Protein Coating the Acrosomal Process of Abalone Spermatozoa” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA