PML Chief Executive Professor Stephen de Mora receives the SUT Oceanography Award from Professor Ralph Rayner, former President & Council Memberof the Society for Underwater Technology  (photo:  Stewart Edwards/always photography limited)

PML Chief Executive receives prestigious Oceanography Award


Professor Stephen de Mora, Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s Chief Executive, was honoured at last night’s Society for Underwater Technology AGM for his tireless advocacy for the ocean, raising awareness of the importance of protecting the ocean environment, and along the way inspiring many young people to further their careers in ocean science.

Each year the Society for Underwater Technology, a learned society that brings together organisations and individuals interested in underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering, confers the SUT Oceanography Award to an individual who has made considerable contributions in the field of oceanography.

Professor de Mora’s research interests are diverse and include estuarine chemistry of manganese and lead in domestic waters, biogeochemical cycling of sulphur compounds, aqueous geochemistry of glacial melt water systems in Antarctica, marine environmental chemistry of tributyltin, effects of enhanced UV radiation on the marine environment, and marine pollution with respect to metals, pesticides and petroleum hydrocarbons.  He has a prestigious publication record comprising 5 books, 14 book chapters, and more than 100 publications in international journals.

As well as his academic role, Steve has worked with many international organisations including: the International Atomic Energy Agency, UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, and UNESCO-International Oceanographic Commission, as well as Global Environment Facility projects in the Black, Caspian and Red Seas and the Western Indian Ocean.   He serves in numerous professional capacities, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry, as well as holding editorial roles for a number of prestigious journals.

Following a distinguished career he has latterly been Chief Executive of Plymouth Marine Laboratory where he continues to be instrumental in the formulation and pursuit of the laboratory’s strategic mission, vision, priorities and charitable objectives, building PML’s enviable reputation as one of the world’s leading oceanographic research institutions.

Speaking shortly after receiving the award Professor de Mora said:  “Having great respect for the global work of the Society for Underwater Technology, I am humbled and privileged that they have recognized my career in marine science with their 2018 Oceanography Award.”

The SUT CEO, Stephen Hall, added: "As CEO of the Society for Underwater Technology I'm very aware of Professor Stephen de Mora's ocean science and policy expertise and of the achievements of his team at the world-class Plymouth Marine Laboratory. I know that Stephen cares deeply about global ocean stewardship and sustainability and the need for global collaboration so it is a real pleasure to see him presented with SUT's Oceanography Award."

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