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
2021 AWARD CEREMONY AND LECTURE
Program of the
2021 AWARD WINNER
The A.G. Huntsman Foundation is pleased to announce that the
2021 A.G. Huntsman Medal has been awarded to Shubha
Sathyendranath in recognition of her outstanding research
achievements in the development of the use of optics and
satellites in marine science as well as her dedication to
developing international cooperation and capacity building in
oceanography and ocean-colour remote sensing.
is a merit scientist in the Remote Sensing Group
at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK.
Her research focuses on understanding the
interaction of light with the ocean biota and the consequences
for marine ecology, biogeochemistry and climate. She applies
marine optics and ocean colour remote sensing to topics such as
development of algorithms for interpretation of satellite data,
light penetration underwater, phytoplankton functional types,
ecological provinces in the ocean, marine primary production,
biological-physical feedbacks in the ocean, phytoplankton phenology, carbon cycling, the use of ocean-colour data in
climate studies and the dynamics of waterborne diseases.
work with the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean
and other international initiatives, such as the International
Ocean Colour Coordinating Group has advanced international
collaborations in remote sensing.
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