Lozier Honored for Contributions to Physical Oceanography

August 1, 2016

Contact: Tim Lucas, 919/613-8084, tdlucas@duke.edu

DURHAM, N.C. – Susan Lozier, Ronie-Rochelle Garcia-Johnson Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Vice-Provost for Strategic Planning, will receive a 2016 Ambassador Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Ambassador Awards are among the highest honors bestowed annually by AGU. They recognize outstanding contributions in scientific leadership, societal impact, service to the academic community, and promotion of the talent/career pool within earth and ocean sciences.

Lozier was cited by the selection committee for her initiation and leadership of a mentoring program for women in physical oceanography, a field traditionally dominated by men.

She also was cited for advancing scientists’ understanding of the ocean’s meridional overturning circulation through her leadership of the OSNAP (Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program) observing system, a $32 million, five-year research initiative involving scientists from the United States, Canada, China, United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

Janet Sprintall, research oceanographer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego, nominated Lozier for the honor.

The nomination was supported by Sonya Legg, a NOAA research oceanographer based as Princeton University; Rana Fine, professor of ocean sciences at Miami University; and Mark Cane, the G. Unger Vetlesen Professor Emeritus of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Columbia University.

Lozier will receive her Ambassador Award at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December.

In addition to the AGU honor, she recently received an Excellence Professorship from the Professor Dr. Werner Peterson Foundation of Germany in recognition of her contributions to physical oceanography.  

A widely cited researcher, Lozier has been the recipient of numerous professional honors during her career. Among other honors, she was the recipient of an NSF Early Career Award in 1996, was awarded a Bass Chair for Excellence in Research and Teaching in 2000, received a Duke University Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2007, was named an American Meteorological Society Fellow in 2008, a Distinguished Professor in 2012, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2014 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015.

She currently serves as the President of The Oceanography Society and is the international lead of OSNAP.

She has been a member of the Duke faculty since 1992.