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Caroline Rogers, a marine ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Caribbean Field Station in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, has been awarded the 2003 Southeast Region Research Award by the National Park Service (NPS).
The 10-year-old program recognizes outstanding contributions to natural-resource research. The award "was created to reward excellence in developing scientific programs or published research which further the cause of science" in the national parks.
The award recognizes Caroline's commitment of more than 20 years to the protection of coral reefs and the understanding of coral-reef ecology in the Caribbean and western Atlantic.
Caroline's noted scientific contributions include helping to gain an understanding of some of the stresses contributing to the decline of coral reefs, including sedimentation, hurricanes, overfishing, and coral diseases.
She and her research team have developed monitoring protocols and analytical methods that have been used throughout the western Atlantic and have been adopted worldwide. Of particular note is the NPS commendation that the USGS/NPS program represents a "partnership in the truest sense"; it is commonplace for NPS scientists to participate in field excursions and dives on USGS-sponsored projects and vice versa.
Caroline received her Ph.D. in ecology/botany from the University of Florida in 1977, worked as a research biologist for the Virgin Islands National Park from 1984 to 1993, and became field-station leader under the USGS Florida Caribbean Science Center (now part of the Florida Integrated Science Centers) in 1995.
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NPS Honors Coral Researcher
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