Dr. Diva Amon earns the inaugural ISA Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep-sea Research.

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President of the Assembly, Prof. Mariusz-Orion Jędrysek, Dr Diva Amon and ISA Secretary-General Michael Lodge.
President of the Assembly, Prof. Mariusz-Orion Jędrysek, Dr Diva Amon and ISA Secretary-General Michael Lodge.

Dr. Diva Amon, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the UK Natural History Museum, was presented with the Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep-sea Research at the 24th session of the Assembly of the Authority. Dr. Amon is a deep-sea biologist whose work stretches from the deep waters around Trinidad and Tobago to the Mariana Trench. She contributes to multiple international research initiatives to enhance our understanding of abyssal ecosystems and the environmental impacts of human activities in the deep sea, particularly around nodule extraction in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone.

Dr. Amon also works locally in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago. She created the non-profit SpeSeas to enhance public understanding of marine ecosystems within the country and throughout the region. She is currently engaged in a National Geographic Expedition to the deep waters around Trinidad and Tobago, which you can follow, here: Trinidad & Tobago Ocean Exploration.

This award is presented to researchers from developing countries under 35 who contribute to advancing scientific knowledge of the deep-sea as well as the development of sound regulatory frameworks.

Disclosure: Andrew Thaler submitted one of the nomination packets for Dr. Amon.