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Joe Gaydos honored with Conservation Research Award

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Joe Gaydos, director and chief scientist for the Wildlife Health Center’s SeaDoc Society

Jan. 10, 2014

The Seattle Aquarium has awarded Joe Gaydos, a senior wildlife veterinarian at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, their Conservation Research Award. Gaydos will receive the award at the annual Chairman’s Dinner reception on Thursday, January 16 at the Seattle Aquarium. 

Gaydos, director and chief scientist for the Wildlife Health Center’s SeaDoc Society Program in Washington State, has been working on wildlife and ecosystem health issues in the Pacific Northwest for more than a decade. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed scientific papers on diseases that impact human and wild animal health in species like harbor seals, river otters, porpoises and killer whales. 

Gaydos also works as a translational scientist to connect science to decisions being made by local citizens and policy makers regarding the natural resources of the Salish Sea. He has been called to make presentations to the State Senate, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission and other decision-making bodies and was appointed by the Washington Academy of Sciences to serve on the Governor’s Puget Sound Partnership as a member of the Science Panel, which he chaired in 2012. 

“I’m hugely honored to receive this award,” said Gaydos. “This is not just a reflection on my efforts, but on all the great research that has come out of the SeaDoc Society as a whole.”  

The SeaDoc Society conducts and sponsors scientific research in the inland waters of Washington and British Columbia, also known as the Salish Sea. Founded in 1999, SeaDoc is part of the UC Davis One Health Institute and the School of Veterinary Medicine. 

Last year’s Conservation Research Award was presented to Dr. Richard Feely, senior scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, for his work addressing the science of ocean acidification. 

At this year’s Chairman’s Dinner, former NOAA administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco will be honored alongside Gaydos. She will receive the Seattle Aquarium Medal for her leadership and lifetime accomplishments.

The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. on January 16 at the Seattle Aquarium.