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Saturday, January 29, 2011

SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award

Congratulations to Professor Mark Butler who this past week was recognized as one of the SCHEV outstanding faculty for 2011.  See the full ODU story here.  His hard work and dedication is appreciated as evidenced by this award and the numerous others he has had over the years. For more information about Dr Butler's research check out his web page.
Brief Bio provided by Mark Butler:
Mark Butler is Professor and Eminent Scholar in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University, where he teaches marine ecology and biostatistics and has been a faculty member since 1989.
Professor Butler received the Hirschfield Award for Faculty Excellence and the "Most Inspirational Faculty" Award from the ODU College of Sciences. His dedication to science education has attracted the attention of the National Science Foundation, which has appointed him to numerous review panels to select the recipients of various institutional science education grants, as well as graduate research fellowships for the nation's top doctoral students.  
An internationally known marine biologist, Professor Butler has published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters, and has been awarded more than 50 grants totaling over $8 million, many being prestigious grants from the National Science Foundation.  He has two current NSF grants: one exploring the effects of fishing and climate change on disease in Virginia's blue crabs; the other uses Caribbean lobsters as a model system for understanding how pathogen dispersal in the sea influences disease dynamics. He also spearheads a community-based project to restore sponge-dominated hard-bottom habitat in the Florida Keys.
Among other professional service activities, Professor Butler has been an advisor to fishery management agencies in Florida, the Caribbean, Australia, and the Galapagos Islands and has trained coral reef managers in Mesoamerica.  In 2008, he co-authored a policy brief for the United Nations on improving coastal marine management and last year led a conservation assessment of lobsters worldwide. Here in Virginia, he has served on the Blue Crab Scientific Task Force and is a member of the Suffolk Wetlands Board.
"My students and I get wet and dirty when studying marine ecology and I wouldn't have it any other way", writes Professor Butler. "Few will become marine biologists. Yet, whatever careers they pursue, I want to help them gain a truer understanding of how knowledge is generated and hope they become more responsible stewards of our watery, blue planet."
Professor Butler received a B.A. at Wittenberg University, an M.S. at Ohio State University, a Ph.D. at Florida State University.

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