Malcolm Woodward in the lab

PML scientist recognized for major contributions to marine science


We are very proud to announce that PML’s Malcolm Woodward has been awarded an Honorary Life Membership to the Challenger Society for Marine Science in recognition of the substantial contributions to the work of the Society and to the national and international development of marine science.

Malcolm has been a Nutrient Chemist at PML for 35 years and has led its nutrient facility for the last 25 years. In that time his expertise in detailed and high quality nutrient analysis has supported a wide range of world-class research on land and also at sea on numerous research cruises around the globe, such as the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT), UK Geotraces, numerous EU programmes and recently, the UK Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry (SSB)  Programme; providing data and advanced knowledge to improve understanding of nutrient flows in the marine environment. Malcolm has also mentored many students during those years.

The Honorary Life Membership award is very important for Challenger with the Society only making the award to 2% of its members, which currently stands at 8 Honorary world-wide members.

Professor Tim Jickells, the 2016 Challenger Society President and Professor of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, commented:

“The Challenger Council use this award to recognise the people who make really major contributions to underpin the work of the Challenger Society and the wider UK marine science community. Such underpinning contributions are often not recognised by other awards, and yet without such work the community would not achieve what it does. We want to celebrate these ‘unsung heroes’.”

“In the case of Malcolm Woodward the award reflects the enormous amount of work he has done for the whole community in leading cruise logistics and planning, in helping design the operating space on several of new and planned research ships and in providing a lot of the nutrient data that has underpinned so much of the UK community biogeochemistry effort for the last 30 years, including his major contribution to the development of high sensitivity measurement techniques and to international nutrient quality control efforts.”

On receiving this prestigious award, Malcolm said:

“It was a great honour to receive the Challenger Society for Marine Science Honorary Life Membership award last week at the annual conference. For once I was lost for words, which is, as many know, a rare event! Thank you to Challenger for this special award and to all my scientific colleagues and friends over the years who I have sailed with and worked with, especially with regards to the nutrients at PML, and the invaluable support with the logistics that underpins the research cruises; you are all part of this.”

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