2012 Rosenstiel Award Winner Revealed

The University of Miami awards Dr. James N. Sanchirico prestigious Rosenstiel Award

MIAMI — March 5, 2012 — The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science is proud to announce that Dr. James N. Sanchirico is the 2012 recipient of the Rosenstiel Award, one of the School’s top honors. Sanchirico currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis). His main research interest is to improve understanding of the economics and ecology of spatial-dynamic processes inherent in renewable resources management, particularly as a guide to the design of marine protected areas (MPAs).

Sanchirico previously served as a Senior Fellow at Resources For the Future (a Washington D.C. based Environmental Policy Think-Tank), during which time he was also a national expert in Coral Reef Valuation for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a visiting scholar at Stanford University and Georgetown University. Along with his appointment at UC Davis, Sanchirico is a Nonresident Fellow of Resources for the Future.

“Jim is a critical team player with the rare intellectual skill-set to integrate ecological and social data, resulting in novel theoretical findings with policy relevant applications,” says Dr. Kenny Broad, UM Marine Affairs and Policy Professor and Director of the UM Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Broad and Sanchirico have been longtime scientific collaborators.

He has received numerous awards including the 2010 Quality of Research Discovery Award, given by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He also gave the keynote address at the Natural Resource Modeling Association’s Annual Meeting in 2010.

He communicates his research in economic and natural science peer-reviewed journals, including Science, U.S. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. His research has also been covered in the Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, Science News, National Public Radio Science Fridays, The Economist, Providence Journal, and Greenwire News Service. In 2008, he testified before the Subcommittee for Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the economic benefits of catch share programs for U.S. commercial fisheries.

In addition to serving on NOAA's Science Advisory Board and the CA MLPA Monitoring Enterprise Scientific Advisory Team, he is a member of the Science and Technical Panel Expert Committee, U.N. Global Environmental Facility, the editorial councils at the Ecology Letters, and the Journal of Theoretical Ecology and a past associate editor at Marine Resource Economics. He served on the National Research Council’s (NRC) committee to review the U.S. Ocean Research Priorities Plan and is currently serving on the NRC committee to review the National Ocean Acidification Research Plan and the NRC committee evaluating the effectiveness of stock rebuilding plans of the 2006 Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act.

Sanchirico earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis in 1998, and his Bachelors with Distinction in Economics and Mathematics from Boston University in 1991. He and his wife, Inez, live in Davis, CA and are raising three children.

A dinner to celebrate and acknowledge Sanchirico’s achievements will be held on April 24, 2012 in the F.G. Walton Smith Commons at the Rosenstiel School, where Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of the Rosenstiel School will present him with the award.

About the Rosenstiel Award
The Rosenstiel Award honors scientists who, in the past decade, have made significant and growing impacts in their field. It is an award targeted for researchers that are already making outstanding scientific contributions in their early to mid-career stages.

The Rosenstiel Award, created through an endowment from the Rosenstiel Foundation, recognizes outstanding scientists for their contributions to marine science and in oceanographically relevant areas of atmospheric science with a $10,000 prize. It is awarded annually to one individual on a rotating basis for achievements in six broad disciplinary areas: marine geology and geophysics; meteorology and physical oceanography; marine and atmospheric chemistry; marine biology and fisheries; applied marine physics; and marine affairs. This year’s award to Sanchirico falls within the discipline of marine affairs and policy.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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