26 Aug '12, 10pm

Marine biologist Barbara Block wins Rolex Award for Enterprise

You don’t pursue marine biology dreaming of awards and prizes. Barbara A. Block certainly didn’t, but during a nearly 30-year career doing ground-breaking research, the graduate of Springfield’s Classical High School has netted some of the largest prizes that can possibly be reeled in by a scientist – a MacArthur “genius grant” in 1996 and now a Rolex Award for Enterprise. With a monetary value of $104,000, the Rolex prize recognizes her work in trying to preserve predatory marine animals like white sharks and bluefin tuna in the Pacific Ocean. Block tracks their movements with a series of underwater listening stations to better understand their behavior. She says the funds will be used to fund those research efforts. A professor of marine sciences at Stanford University, she is also head of the Tuna Research and Conservation Center on the shores of Monterey Bay. “When lar...

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