Dr. James N. Sanchirico Accepts 2012 Rosenstiel Award, Speaks on Campus

From Left to Right: UM Provost Thomas LeBlanc, 2012 Rosenstiel Award Winner James Sanchirico, Rosenstiel School Dean Roni Avissar, Professor Dave Letson and Professor Kenny Broad.

VIRGINIA KEY — Dr. James N. Sanchirico, Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) and a Resources for the Future Non-Resident Fellow, proudly accepted the Rosenstiel Award this week at a banquet hosted by the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. Among the guests at the banquet were UM Provost Thomas LeBlanc, Rosenstiel School Dean Roni Avissar, Marine Affairs & Policy Division Chair and Professor David Letson, and Sanchirico’s longtime scientific collaborator and Director of the UM Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and Professor Kenny Broad.

The Rosenstiel Award, created through a generous endowment from the Rosenstiel Foundation 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. Sanchirico was awarded this honor for his research in improving the 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).

Earlier in the week, Sanchirico met with UM students and gave lectures on the Rosenstiel School campus about the modeling of ecosystems, highlighting the importance of social and economic information in creating effective models that can help us assess and manage resources more effectively.

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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