Faculty Spotlight: Congratulations Dr. Drew Talley

TOPICS: Science and Technology, Faculty and Staff, Awards and Honors, Academics

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dr. Drew Talley working with students at a research site in Baja California
begin quoteWe are pleased to announce and celebrate Dr. Drew Talley as a recipient of the 2017 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Scientific Award!

We are pleased to announce and celebrate Dr. Drew Talley as a recipient of the 2017 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Scientific Award! Dr. Talley was selected based on his true embodiment of the CERF mission to advance understanding and wise stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems worldwide by promoting research; supporting the education of scientists, decision-makers, and the public; and facilitating communication among these groups. Dr. Talley was awarded the William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award which recognizes the central role that education plays in order to achieve the objectives of society and this award was established to recognize a leader in estuarine education.

We are pleased to share the kind words and well deserved news of this award from CERF!

Dr. Drew Talley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences at the University of San Diego (USD), where he has been on the faculty since 2008. Dr. Talley’s nomination packet included letters from colleagues at USD, past students at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels, and colleagues at The Ocean Discovery Institute, a non-profit that provides STEM education for the most socio-economically disadvantaged youth in the San Diego area, where he serves as a Science Director. A theme that ran across all of these letters depicted a truly exceptional educator/mentor who has changed countless lives. While student populations in this socio-economic position traditionally hold a one in ten chance of graduating college, those associated with Dr. Talley boast an eight in ten chance for this metric, setting them up for long-term success in life. Additionally, seven of ten mentees have entered careers in STEM fields. At USD, Dr. Talley works with the national McNair Scholars program to guide under-represented undergraduate students to receive PhD degrees; he started and continues to run a chapter of SACNAS (Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science); he is on multiple Technical Advisory Boards for regional coastal restoration projects; he donates his time to be on two Boards for the San Diego Natural History Museum; along with many additional efforts to improve both our coastal environment and the lives of young people. As best stated by one of Dr. Talley’s students, “On behalf of the countless students that Dr. Talley has reached and empowered, I cannot think of a more commendable candidate for this award”

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