Professor Mark Hixon of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Life Sciences has been honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Western Society of Naturalists, the oldest professional marine biological society in western North America.
Hixon, the Hsiao Endowed Professor of Marine Biology, received the award at the annual meeting of the society in Monterey, California, in November 2023. He teaches courses in marine biology, climate disruption and science communication, and is known internationally for his research and public outreach on understanding coral reef ecosystems and their conservation.
“I’m honored and humbled to be welcomed among the ranks of my scientific heroes,” said Hixon.
“Dr. Hixon blends a rare combination of excellence in teaching and mentoring, creative and rigorous research that is widely cited, and outstanding service to his community and the world,” said nominator Professor Brian Tissot of Humboldt State University.
Former recipients of the award include eminent marine biologists Joseph Connell of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Robert Paine of the University of Washington.