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Researchers specializing in watershed restoration and the composition of atmospheric aerosols received presidential early career awards during a White House ceremony today.
Phil Roni, a fisheries research scientist at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Wash., and Daniel Cziczo, who was with NOAA’s Aeronomy Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., were among 58 individuals who received the nation’s highest honor for scientists early in their careers.
“It is gratifying to see scientists earn such a high recognition this early in their careers,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have their service and will benefit from their work.”
As a fisheries research scientist and program leader, Roni conducted research on salmon life history and the effects of hydropower operations on salmonids. His current research focuses on watershed restoration and evaluating various rehabilitation techniques such as nutrient additions, floodplain restoration, and recovery of urban streams.
Prior to arriving at NOAA in 1995, he worked as a marine and fisheries biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and as a research biologist at an environmental consulting company. Roni holds three degrees from the University of Washington: a bachelor of arts in business (1987), a master of science in fisheries science (1992), and a doctorate in fisheries science (2000).
Now at ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Switzerland, Czico was a research scientist at NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research on Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and worked at the Aeronomy Laboratory. Before coming to NOAA in 1999, he was on the Galileo Navigation Team at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1993 to 1994.
In his work, Cziczo has applied novel instrumentation to determine the detailed chemical composition of aerosols. That pioneering work identified precisely which atmospheric fine particles initiate cloud formation, which is key to understanding the atmosphere’s radiative budget and climate.
He holds a bachelor of science in aeronautical
and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois (1992),
a master of science in geophysical sciences from the University of
Chicago (1997), and a doctorate in geophysical sciences from the University
of Chicago (1999).
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