The 2019 A.G. Huntsman Award is presented to Adina Paytan in recognition of her discoveries in the paleoceanographic history of important elements used to recreate the geochemical history of the planet and of outstanding contributions to understanding the biogeochemical links between global earth-ocean-atmosphere nutrient controls on carbon productivity and paleoclimate.
Adina Paytan is a Research Scientist at the University of California Santa Cruz. She studied Biology and Geology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and also Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. Later, she obtained a Masters degree in oceanography at the Hebrew University, followed by a PhD degree and postdoctoral fellowship at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego.
Dr. Paytan’s research interests lie in the fields of biogeochemistry, chemical oceanography, and paleoceanography. An overarching goal of her research is to understand the processes and feedbacks operating in the Earth System and how they relate to global changes in climate and tectonics. In addition, Dr. Paytan is interested in natural and anthropogenically-induced perturbations that affect biogeochemical processes and their impact on humans and the environment..