The International Society for Reef Studies is proud to announce that the Darwin Medal has been awarded to the eminent ichthyologist, Dr. John E. (Jack) Randall, senior ichthyologist emeritus at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hawai‘i’s State Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
The International Society for Reef Studies is the principal international society to which coral reef scientists and managers belong, with more than 1,000 members worldwide. The Darwin Medal is the Society’s most prestigious honor and is awarded every four years for lifetime achievement in coral reef science. The medal is named after Charles Darwin who, in addition to developing his theory of evolution, was the first scientist to investigate the nature and origin of coral reefs. Randall is the eighth recipient of this award.
Randall’s award will be presented by Dr. Ruth Gates, president of the International Society for Reef Studies and director of the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, which will take place at the Hawaii Convention Center from June 19 to 24.
Gates said, “The Society is extremely pleased to honor one of our most distinguished marine scientists with this medal.” She added, “it is fortuitous and wonderful that the medal will be presented to Dr. Randall in his home state of Hawai‘i.”