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Woods Hole, MA (February 10, 2022) – Dr Benjamin Van Mooyprincipal scientist of Woods Hole Oceanographic and director of the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, receives the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). The ASLO awards the prize annually to a scientist who has made a significant contribution to knowledge in his or her field and whose work will carry on a legacy in future research.

Dr. Van Mooy is honored with this award for his fundamental knowledge of phosphorus and lipid cycling in marine ecosystems, through innovative experimental and observational studies using new analytical techniques. He will receive his award at Ocean Science Meeting 2022 later this month.

“When I heard the news, I was thrilled and deeply touched,” Van Mooy said. “Oceanography is so collaborative; I will accept this award on behalf of everyone I have worked with, especially those in my lab group at WHOI. It is a privilege to work and be part of this community and to continue to research critical aspects of ocean chemistry that will impact how ocean ecosystems respond to future changes.

“With this award comes great responsibility. This award has inspired me to rededicate myself to continue fostering diversity and inclusiveness in oceanography. »

“Dr. Van Mooy’s research has made great strides in our knowledge of the biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus and carbon in the ocean. Ben’s impressive scientific contributions to both the discovery and development of innovative methods are equal by his camaraderie and deep commitment to mentorship, which promises a continued career of distinction and service,” said ASLO President Roxane Maranger.

Van Mooy’s work has helped scientists understand critical processes in surface and mid-ocean regions. He has published research on nearly every ocean in the world.

A current project is his with Palmer Station Antarctica (LTER) – an interdisciplinary polar marine research program within a nationwide network of long-term ecological research sites established by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project aims to build on three decades of long-term research along the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula to gain a new understanding of ecosystem changes in response to disturbances driven by a range of processes, including variability climate change, long-term global warming, and food web alterations, among others.

Van Mooy is also working on a project analyzing the production and fate of fats at the ocean surface, aiming to make significant progress in understanding fat metabolism in phytoplankton, identifying the roles that fats play in the marine carbon cycle and to characterize the way in which fats go up the food chain to crustaceans, penguins and whales.

He has published dozens of papers and holds numerous patents in the areas of critical microbial processes, particle degradation, and methodological approaches in the study of small lipid molecules.

A leader in the field of marine science, Van Mooy has also served as associate editor of several journals, including Limnology and Oceanography. He has taught and co-taught the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/WHOI Joint Program Marine Chemistry course for 15 years, imparting fundamental ocean knowledge to a generation of graduate students. He also led several collaborative teams aboard 15 research cruises as Chief Scientist.

ASLO is an international society of aquatic sciences. Since its founding in 1948, it has been a leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic sciences. ASLO’s purpose is to foster a diverse international scientific community that creates, integrates, and communicates knowledge across the spectrum of aquatic science, advances public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research, and promotes the scientific management of aquatic resources for the public. interest.

About Woods Hole Institute of Oceanography

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is a private, nonprofit organization in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Founded in 1930, its mission is to understand the ocean and its interactions with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate an understanding of the role of the ocean in the changing global environment. WHOI’s pioneering discoveries stem from an ideal combination of science and engineering, which has made it one of the most trusted and technically advanced leaders in fundamental and applied ocean research and exploration. WHOI is known for its multidisciplinary approach, superior ship operations and unparalleled deep-sea robotic capabilities. We play a leading role in ocean observation and operate the most comprehensive suite of ocean data collection platforms in the world. Top scientists, engineers and students collaborate on more than 800 simultaneous projects around the world, both above and below the waves, pushing the boundaries of knowledge to inform people and policies for a healthier planet. For more information, please visit

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