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David Valentine Awarded
updated: Jan 30, 2013, 4:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara geochemist David Valentine has been awarded a Leopold
Leadership Fellowship -- a prestigious North American program focused on
communicating scientific research to a wide audience. Valentine, a professor in
the Department of Earth Science, is one of 20 Leopold Leadership fellows for
Valentine's research focuses on the interaction among microbes, and between
microbes and the Earth system. He uses tools of isotope geochemistry and
molecular microbiology to probe fundamental questions at the interface of
biology, chemistry, and earth science. His 2012 study documenting the process of
how bacteria blooms had consumed almost all of the deepwater methane plumes
following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 received worldwide attention.
"I am honored to be chosen as a Leopold Fellow and I look forward to working
with the Leopold Program and other fellows to better relay our scientific
understanding of complex environmental issues to the public and other interested
parties," Valentine said.
The Leopold Leadership Program is a competitive fellowship for outstanding
academic environmental scientists who are actively engaged in outreach to
decision-makers and the public about their work. The program is based at
Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. Each year, the
program selects up to 20 midcareer academic environmental scientists as fellows.
Fellows will receive two weeks of intensive communication and leadership
training in how to deliver information about their research to journalists,
policymakers, business leaders, and the public. The fellowship also offers
networking and mentoring through the Leadership Network by program advisers,
trainers, and past fellows.
The Leopold Leadership Program was created in 1998 by Jane Lubchenco, a leading
marine biologist who is director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. The program is funded by the David and Lucile Packard
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