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Marine sciences professor to receive stewardship award

Merryl Alber, a professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of marine sciences, will receive the 2019 Margaret A. Davidson Award for Stewardship from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems.

The Davidson Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates extraordinary leadership, service, innovation and commitment to the management of estuarine and coastal systems.

Alber, who serves as director of the University of Georgia Marine Institute based on Sapelo Island, is a renowned coastal research scientist and leader. She serves as principal investigator of the Georgia Coastal Long-Term Ecological Research program, a National Science Foundation-funded program now in its second decade of studying long-term change in coastal ecosystems such as the saltwater marshes that characterize Georgia’s coastline.

Alber will receive the award at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation conference in Mobile, Alabama, in November.