The Eugene LaFond Medal

The Eugene LaFond Medal shall be awarded to an ocean scientist from a developing country making a presentation (poster or oral) in a IAPSO-sponsored or co-sponsored symposium at the IUGG or IAPSO assemblies.

The criteria for selection of the recipient are as follows:

  1. The recipient shall be a scientist who was born in a developing country (as defined by the IAPSO Executive at the time of the award).
  2. The recipient should have gained a significant part of their education in a developing country.
  3. Preference should be given to candidates who are in the early stages of their career.
  4. The research presented should have been carried out at an institution in a developing country or should be of significant importance for developing countries.

Selection procedure:

  • In the call for papers at IAPSO meetings, scientists shall be invited to identify their presentation as being eligible for the LaFond Medal. This is done by sending an E-mail, including a brief CV describing their education and research activities, to the IAPSO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and with a copy to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . At meetings where this is not possible, session convenors shall identify candidates they believe to be eligible.
  • A subset of the IAPSO Executive shall undertake to view posters and attend oral presentations by eligible candidates. They shall select the award winner based on the clarity and quality of the presentation and the significance of the research. In the case of jointly-authored presentations the selection committee shall ensure that the award winner has made a seminal contribution to the research.
  • The recipient shall be informed of the award by the IAPSO Secretary General who shall ensure that an appropriate citation is prepared to accompany the medal. The award shall be publicised by IAPSO through appropriate channels.

 Previous Recipients of the Eugene LaFond Medal have been:

  • 2003 Margarita V. Chikina from Russia
  • 2005 Maria del Carmen Grados from Peru
  • 2007 Catia Motta Domingues from Brazil
  • 2009 Bamol A. Sow from Senegal
  • 2011 Towhida Rashid from Bangladesh
  • 2013 Issufo Halo from Mozambique
  • 2015 Sana Ben Ismail from Tunisia

Eugene LaFond Medal recipient 2015

The 2015 Eugene LaFond Medal is awarded to Dr. Sana Ben Ismail from Tunisia for her oral presentation "Surface circulation features along the Tunisian coast (central Mediterranean sea): the Atlantic Tunisian current". This presentation was delivered on July 1, 2015 within the IAPSO symposium "Physics and Biogeochemistry of Semi-Enclosed and Shelf Seas" during the IUGG 2015 General Assembly “Earth and Environmental Sciences for Future Generations” in Prague, Czech Republic.

Using in situ and satellite data, combined with numerical modelling, the work provides insight into the dynamics of the Tunisian branch of the Atlantic inflow and associated mesoscale features and instabilities. The research substantially contributes to the study of exchanges between coastal and offshore waters in a key region of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a step forward in the quantification of the exchanges between the Western and Eastern Mediterranean Sea and provides information in a poorly explored area of great societal interest.

 


 

Eugene LaFond Medal recipient 2013

The 2013 Eugene LaFond Medal is awarded to Dr. Issufo Halo from Mozambique for his  oral  presentation  "Eddy properties in the Mozambique Channel: a comparison between observations and 2 numerical ocean circulation models"  on July 26, 2013 in the IAPSO symposium "Integrated Environmental Modeling: Regional Climate and Ocean Modeling " during the IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI Joint Assembly “Knowledge for the future” in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Using a newly designed eddy detection algorithm, the work reveals the preferred site of formation of eddies in the northern part of the Mozambique Channel as well as their propagation pathways southwards, and gets insights into the physical processes responsible for their formation and variability. The research substantially contributes to the study of transport in this area and provides a methodology suitable for other areas of the ocean. 


  Eugene LaFond Medal recipient 2011

The 2011 Eugene LaFond Medal was awarded to Dr. Towhida Rashid from Bangladesh for her oral presentation  "Holocene  relative sea  level  change  in  Bangladesh"  on July 1, 2011 in the IAPSO symposium "Global and regional sea-level change" during IUGG General Assembly “Earth on the Edge: Science for a Sustainable Planet” in Melbourne, Australia.
The work is an important contribution to the study of the sea level change in Bangladesh in the Holocene.  The research reveals sea level variations relative to the present level caused by transgressions and regressions in the Bangladesh region.  The results substantially contribute to the reconstruction of Holocene paleoenvironment of this area.


 Eugene LaFond Medal recipient 2009

The 2009 Eugene LaFond Medal was awarded to Dr. Bamol Ali Sow from Senegal for his oral presentation "Simulation of the Senegalese and Mauritanian Upwelling: How are the Winds actually Driving SST Variability and Water Mass Renewal?" in the IAPSO symposium "Deep Ocean Exchange with the Shelf" during MOCA-09.

The work is an important contribution to the study of the Senegalese and Mauritian upwelling in the tropical Atlantic. It enlightens the role played by Ekman and coastal currents in maintaining the high SST variance of this zone. The results substantially contribute to the knowledge of an area where physical process studies are lacking and will aid the research on physical and biological interactions in a place where fishery is an important resource.