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Caitlin Mullan Crain, of Providence, R.I., has won the 2005 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study. Administered by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the award recognizes graduate students whose academic study promises to contribute materially to the development of new or improved approaches to coastal or ocean management. A ceremony to honor Crain and the other winners will take place on March 9, 2005 in Washington, D.C. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Crain is a coastal community ecologist pursuing her doctorate at Brown University and a graduate fellow at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. For her graduate dissertation, Crain is studying marsh plants in estuaries and the coastal habitats they create. She also works on rocky shores in Maine and Patagonia, Argentina where she studies the interactions between organisms and their environment with the goal of improved coastal management.
“From coast to coast, remarkable people are making a difference. These awards honor the coastal and ocean stewards who dedicate countless hours and energy to conserving coastal resources and improving coastal communities,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.
Under the Coastal Zone Management Act, every two years NOAA honors the achievements and accomplishments of those who make noteworthy contributions in the management of the nation’s coast.
The awards were created to honor the late North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones. As chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, Congressman Jones was a strong supporter of the National Marine Fisheries Service and Coastal Zone Management. He provided leadership on numerous legislative initiatives addressing coastal and ocean issues ranging from commercial shipping to oil spill clean-up and prevention to flood insurance reform.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and to providing environmental stewardship of our Nation’s coastal and marine resources.
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