The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Atmosphere awarded David Townsend, a College of Maine professor of oceanography, considered one of its 2022 Visionary Awards.
The awards acknowledge people, companies and organizations from every state and province bordering the Gulf of Maine for his or her innovation, creativity and dedication to defending the marine surroundings. The group honored Townsend throughout a ceremony held July 28 in Portland.
For greater than 40 years, Townsend has studied the organic oceanography of the Gulf of Maine and different coastal seas, significantly the physical-biological coupling of phytoplankton, zooplankton and larval fishes. Throughout his profession, Townsend has authored a university textbook, “Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Introduction to Marine Science,” and greater than 100 analysis articles, evaluations and different publications. He has additionally earned greater than 50 analysis grants and contracts from numerous companies and organizations, together with the Nationwide Science Basis, the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Workplace of Naval Analysis.
In 2006, Townsend earned the Distinguished Maine Professor Award, UMaine’s most prestigious college award. He additionally earned the Faculty Excellent Trainer Award from the Faculty of Pure Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture in 2001.
Along with instructing and conducting analysis, Townsend has served because the director of the Faculty of Marine Sciences from 2001–07 and once more from 2019–21, as its affiliate director from 2015–18 and on quite a few state, regional and nationwide committees. He served two phrases as president of the College of Maine School Senate, from 2018–20.