UM Professor Andrew Bakun Awarded The “Great Medal of Prince Albert The First Of Monaco”

Lifetime Achievement for Oceanographic Research

MIAMI, FL (November 15, 2013)—The University of Miami announces that Andrew Bakun, Professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries at UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science was awarded the ‘Great Medal of Prince Albert The First’ by the Oceanographic Institute of the Foundation of Albert I, Prince of Monaco. Dr. Bakun, a leading global expert in the field of marine science has worked as a professional oceanographer for more than 50 years. Dr. Bakun worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for 22 years, during which he served nine years (1983-1992) as Director of the NOAA Pacific Marine Fisheries Environmental Laboratory in Monterey, California. He later served seven years in the Fisheries Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.

“I’m proud and honored to be selected for this award. Although over the years my ideas and research were sometimes considered controversial by international colleagues, I believe the Board of Directors of the Prince Albert 1 Institute, and Prince Albert’s great grandson, Prince Albert II, the current ruler of Monaco, have elevated the status of my work to an integral part of the international ocean science mainstream,” said Bakun.

Dr. Bakun has been specifically interested in the physical and biological interactions within the oceans, as well as the effects of climate variations on ecosystems and marine populations. As a field expert, Dr. Bakun took part in the International Indian Ocean Expedition in the 1960s. During two years on that ocean, he conducted research on the subject to which the United Nations referred to as “the last unexplored frontiers.” Bakun gained invaluable work methods and experiences on the expedition which have served him throughout his career. As a Professor, Bakun has always stressed to students the same message of humility with respect to the oceans.

Each year, the Great Medal of Albert 1 is awarded to a single scientist who has been selected for extraordinary work in the field of ocean research. In 1981, for example, this prestigious award was granted to Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The award was created in 1948 to honor the centenary of the birth of Prince Albert I of Monaco, an early leader in the development of ocean science The Oceanographic Institute, Albert I Foundation, Prince of Monaco, supports the implementation of sustainable management of the oceans, to reconcile the preservation of biodiversity and environmentally sound marine ecosystems.

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 1940’s, 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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