UNCW Research Professor Steve Ross was honored with a Partners in Conservation Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The awards recognize conservation achievements that highlight cooperation among diverse federal, state and local governments; public and private entities; non-profit organizations and individuals.
Ross was part of one of two science teams that were honored for conducting ocean research sponsored by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). He is the co-leader of the Atlantic Deepwater Canyons project which was the subject of the award, and the project took place mostly in Baltimore and Norfolk canyons and near-by waters.
The research involved collaboration with about two-dozen federal, academic and private sector partners (including international partners) over the past four years through the bureau’s Environmental Studies Program, with both projects leveraging the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, or NOPP, framework.
The Partners in Conservation Awards ceremony was held at the Department of the Interior headquarters on January 16, 2014. Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, presented the awards to 20 public-private partnerships for their conservation results and community engagement. Details about each partnership and the organizations involved can be found here.