The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the United States, has awarded the distinction of Fellow to Mark D. Ohman, the lead principal investigator of the California Current Ecosystem (CCE) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. A professor of biological oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Ohman was recognized for “distinguished contributions to marine plankton research, notably in using zooplankton populations to document and investigate mechanisms of ocean response to climate variability.” His research interests include the population ecology of marine zooplankton, prey-predator interactions, and demographic estimation methods, with primary expertise in the population dynamics of marine planktonic copepods.
In addition to serving as the lead principal investigator of CCE, Ohman is a curator of the Pelagic Invertebrates Collection of the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, and is currently working on climate change effects on zooplankton of the California Current System, use of inverse models to infer demographic rates in stage-structured zooplankton populations, and autonomous measurements of ocean ecosystems.
Ohman is among 401 honorees newly selected by AAAS, which will publish the full list of new Fellows in the Nov. 28, 2014, issue of the journal Science. Continuing a tradition that began in 1874, AAAS members are considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering group of their respective sections, by three existing Fellows, or by AAAS’s chief executive officer. New Fellows will be recognized on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the AAAS annual meeting in San Jose, Calif.