Monday, June 29, 2009

Jim Nybakken, MLML passes away 1936-2009

Nybakken Scholarship Winner

I didn't know Dr. Nybakken as well as some..but he was a great scientist and one of the giants of West Coast invertebrate zoology. He will be missed...

See the full story here. (excerpt follows)

MLML lost a giant when Dr. James W. Nybakken passed away on Saturday, June 20. Dr. Nybakken received his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin in 1965 in Marine Invertebrate Zoology and Marine Ecology. His early work was on intertidal invertebrates in Alaska, the Indian Ocean, and the Gulf of California. He was first hired to be on the faculty at California State University, Hayward campus. Early in his career at CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay), Dr. Nybakken and his family moved to Monterey Bay in 1966, where he continued to serve as a CSUH Professor and one of the founding faculty members at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) Throughout his tenure at MLML he witnessed the transformation of a small field station cobbled together in an old cannery building to a modern marine institution with an international reputation for excellence in marine science.

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