Thomas Okey '86, a senior quantitative marine ecologist at the
Department of Marine and Atmospheric Research at the Australian
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
(CSIRO) in Queensland, Australia, has been awarded a 2007 Pew
Fellowship in marine conservation for climate change research.
Okey will receive $150,000 to conduct a three-year conservation project
designed to address critical challenges to healthy oceans. He will use his
Pew Fellowship to address climate change issues by performing a
gap analysis of research on marine and coastal climate impacts
and adaptation programs. The goal of the analysis is to aid in the
development of more comprehensive and complementary science programs
and innovative ideas for climate change impact assessment, management
A marine ecologist and conservation biologist who has focused on the
effects of various human activities on marine communities and ecosystems
and is now focused largely on the scientific, management and policy
issues related to marine climate change impacts and on distinguishing
these impacts from fisheries and pollution impacts, Okey earned his St.
Lawrence degree in biology and a master's degree from the Moss Landing
Marine Labs at San Jose State University. He earned the Ph.D. in zoology
from the University of British Columbia in 2004.
The Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation funds research projects that
address critical challenges in marine conservation while also supporting
communication of that information to increase awareness of global marine
issues. Five fellowships are awarded annually, by the Pew Institute for
While an undergraduate, Okey was a member of the Outing Club, the Environmental
Action Organization and the Rugby Club.
More information: Science at St. Lawrence
Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation Web site
Posted: March 1, 2007