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Scripps Oceanography biologists awarded prestigious honors
Date:8/17/2010

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Originally established in 1955, previous Darbaker Prize winners from Scripps have included Richard Eppley (1971) and Ralph Lewin (1957).

President Barack Obama appointed Michael Tillman, a research associate in Scripps CMBC, as a member of the Marine Mammal Commission. The three-member commission is charged with the protection and conservation of marine mammals and the maintenance of the health and stability of the ecosystems upon which they depend.

Tillman is working on marine wildlife conservation issues at CMBC. He is a former career senior executive with the National Marine Fisheries Service, having served as the agency's first chief scientist, and as director of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla. His previous duties included appointment by President Clinton as deputy U.S. Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission and as U.S. Commissioner to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.

"I am greatly honored to have been selected by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate," said Tillman. "This appointment provides a wonderful opportunity to apply my past professional experience to the conservation of marine mammals and to continue my public service to this great nation."


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