A.G. HUNTSMAN AWARD
established in 1980 by the Canadian marine science community to recognize
excellence of research and outstanding contributions to marine sciences.
It is presented by the Royal Society of Canada. The award honours marine
scientists of any nationality who have had and continue to have a
significant influence on the course of marine scientific thought. The
Award is named in honour of Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman (1883– 1973), a
pioneer Canadian oceanographer and fishery biologist.
A.G. Huntsman Award was established through initial principal
contributions from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources
Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Association of
Petroleum Producers. Additional endowment was later granted
from the LiFT Family Fund through Gift Funds Canada.
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia is Honorary Patron of the A.G. Huntsman
2022 AWARD RECIPIENT
The 2022 A.G. Huntsman Medal will be
awarded to Uta Passow in recognition of her significant
contributions to our understanding of the ocean and its ability
to respond to anthropogenic changes such as climate change and
oil pollution. Dr. Passow’s research in marine sciences
encompasses the biological pump and carbon cycling, marine gels
and more recently the interaction between marine snow and oil,
to help predict and mediate the impact of these ecosystem
Since her training as a field-going
Biological Oceanographer in Kiel, Germany, Dr Passow has worked
at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, at the
Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany, and currently holds a Canada
Research Chair at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
She enjoys an international reputation for her ongoing efforts
to mentor the next generation of marine scientists as well as
her leadership within the marine science community.
award ceremony and distinguished lecture will be held in November,
with plans to include both an in-person event and a simultaneous livestream. Details, including the data and time, along with a
link to the ceremony will be provided at a later date.
photograph on the website header shows CSS Hudson in Scott Inlet, Baffin
Island, on September 6, 1977. The cliffs in the background are 300 or more
metres high. In th fall of 1976, Bedford Institute of Oceanography
scientists had observed an oil slick off the Inlet but because of ice
conditions at the time they were unable to locate its source or to
determine its extent. So in 1977 and again in 1978, CSS Hudson returned to
measure the background levels of petroleum residues in the eastern Arctic
and also to investigate the geology of the Baffin Island shelf. Together,
the chemical and geological studies demonstrated that the slick at Scott
Inlet is the result of natural seepage of petroleum from the walls and
bottom of the submarine trough that cuts across the continental shelf in
this area. This image of CSS Hudson appears on the Huntsman Medal.
[Photograph by Roger Belanger, Crown