Dawn Wright Selected as fellow of The Oceanography Society


For outstanding and sustained contributions to the field of oceanography


Credit: Eric Laycock

The Oceanography Society (TOS) congratulates Dr. Dawn Wright for being selected as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society. The citation on Dr. Wright’s certificate recognizes her as a leader in the development of data science for the oceans, focusing on data quality, open science, and the development of spatial analytic tools to define the oceanic realm.

The Selection Committee noted that Dr. Wright was an early visionary in the development of ocean sciences as a “big data” enterprise and played a strong role in structuring the cyberinfrastructure and tools that enable efficient use of data in many areas. Dr. Wright’s career illustrates very nicely the synergy between public-sector academic oceanography and private-sector “blue economy” oceanography, as she has contributed in both of these areas. She also is a superb educator, with strong mentoring, community-building, and public outreach skills.

Dr. Wright received her M.S. in oceanography in 1986 from Texas A&M University and her Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in physical geography and marine geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994. She currently is Chief Scientist of Esri, the world leader in location intelligence technology, as well as Courtesy Full Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University.


The TOS Fellows program recognizes individuals who have attained eminence in oceanography through their outstanding contributions to the field of oceanography or its applications during a substantial period of years. The next nomination deadline is September 30, 2021. To learn more about The Oceanography Society and the TOS Fellows program visit: https://tos.org/tos-fellows.

The Oceanography Society (TOS) was founded in 1988 to advance oceanographic research, technology, and education, and to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education. TOS promotes the broad understanding of oceanography, facilitates consensus-building across all the disciplines of the field, and informs the public about ocean research, innovative technology, and educational opportunities throughout the spectrum of oceanographic inquiry. TOS welcomes members from all nations. Any individual, business, or organization interested in ocean sciences is encouraged to join and to participate in the activities and benefits of the society. For more information, visit https://tos.org.

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