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VICTOR SMETACEK (1995)

Professor Victor Smetacek, the eighteenth recipient of the A.G. Huntsman Award, is one of the world's leading biological oceanographers. His research interests range over the ecology and natural history of the microflora and microfauna in shallow-water ecosystems, the pelagic ecology of the southern ocean, and biogeochemical processes, especially the vertical flux of particles. He has worked in a spectrum of oceanographic regimes from the coastal waters of northern Europe to the deep-sea ecosystem of the Antarctic. When the occasion demands, he is not afraid to be an iconoclast, but he is also known for his ability to synthesize information from diverse fields to draw new conclusions about the structure and function of the great biogeochemical cycles of the ocean.