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Oceanographer Matt Oliver honored

Feb. 23, 2012 — Matthew J. Oliver, assistant professor of oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), was named a Sloan Research Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation last week. The fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them among the next generation of scientific leaders.

“Matt’s performance here at the University of Delaware has been nothing short of remarkable,” said Charles Epifanio, former director of the School of Marine Science and Policy, who nominated Oliver for the fellowship with incoming director Mark Moline. “He has excelled in every aspect of the professoriate—scholarship, teaching and service—and he is a leader in the application of new technology to fundamental problems ranging from coastal productivity to ocean biogeography.”

Oliver’s research combines remote sensing with on-the-ground field research to understand complex ocean dynamics. He takes a global perspective in studying the biogeography of oceans, examining where organisms live, in what abundance and under which environmental conditions. His recent projects involve tracking penguins in Antarctica, butterfish and algal blooms in the mid-Atlantic and salinity levels in the Delaware Bay.