2023 Scientist of the Year Celebration

Welcome to the ARCS San Diego Chapter
2023 Scientist of the Year Celebration!

Please join us as we honor Dr. Margaret Leinen
and celebrate the 2022-2023 ARCS Scholars
at our 36th Scientist of the Year Celebration.

Scholar Videos

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2023 ARCS Scientist of the Year

Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences
Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Dean of the School of Marine Sciences, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Leinen is an ocean biogeochemist and paleoceanographer whose research includes study of ocean carbon cycling and the role of the oceans in climate. Leinen is currently co-chair for the Decade Advisory Board for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. During 2017 and 2018 Leinen was a US Department of State Science Envoy for the oceans to Latin America and the Pacific. She served as Assistant Director for Geosciences, U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2000-2007. She has also served as the President of the American Geophysical Union, President of The Oceanography Society and Chair of the AAAS Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Science. She is a Fellow of all three societies and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Scholar Alumnus Speaker

(ARCS Scholar 1995-1996, SDSU)
Professor, Department of Biology
Principal Investigator, Coastal and Marine Institute, San Diego State University

Dr. Rohwer is a viral ecologist. He pioneered the field of viromics and showed that viruses are the most biodiverse life forms in the world. Combined with other "-omics" methods the Rohwer lab studies the roles of viruses and microorganisms in the health and disease of ecosystems. The lab's main study systems are coral reefs and human lungs. Dr. Rohwer earned his doctorate in molecular biology in 1997 through the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program.  His dissertation advisor was Dr. Kathleen McGuire, professor of biology at SDSU.  He went on to do his postdoctoral research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with Dr. Farooq Azam, before joining the faculty of biology at SDSU in 2001. Dr. Rohwer has authored and co-authored several books and multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers.  For his scientific contributions, he has received numerous awards including the prestigious Young Investigators Award of the International Society of Microbial Ecology and the Marine Microbiology Initiative Investigator Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.



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