Mary Sears Medal

Awarded in Recognition of Extraordinary Accomplishments and Novel Insights in the Areas of Biological Oceanography, Marine Biology, or Marine Ecology


The Mary Sears Medal is awarded biennially to an individual ocean scientist who has made sustained, innovative, and impactful contributions to original research in the areas of biological oceanography, marine biology, or marine ecology, along with outstanding contributions to education and mentorship in the field. The Sears Medal also seeks to recognize individuals who have additionally made significant contributions toward educating and mentoring students and early career ocean scientists or who have conducted significant interdisciplinary research in ocean science and/or collaborative research with the wider science community.

The Mary Sears Medalist will deliver the Sears Lecture at a designated Ocean Sciences Meeting and will receive a free two-year honorary membership in TOS, including all the benefits of membership. The announcement of selection as a Medalist is disseminated via TOS News and social media and Oceanography magazine.

The Oceanography Society proudly announces that Dr. Jane Lubchenco has been selected as the first recipient of the Mary Sears Medal.
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The next nomination deadline is October 31, 2021.


The nominee’s work must deal directly with the areas of biological oceanography, marine biology, or marine ecology. > More

Nomination Procedure

The lead nominator serves as the point of contact. All nomination materials are submitted via the online submission system. > More

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