(October 25, 2017) --

Dr. Sean Powers with his wife Monica and daughter Claire. (Courtesy Alison Robertson)

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Senior Marine Scientist Dr. Sean Powers received high honors from his home campus, the University of South Alabama, during the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards Ceremony. 

Dr. Powers was presented the 2017 Dean's Lecture Award in recognition of his academic excellence throughout his career during the ceremony at the Mitchell Center Globe the evening of Tuesday, October 17. As a part of the ceremony, Dr. Powers presented a talk on "Ecology You Can Eat: Improving Fisheries Management in a Changing World."

Dr. Sean Powers with University of South Alabama Department of Marine Sciences in attendance at the awards reception. From left: Dr. Alison Robertson, Dr. Jeffrey Krause, Dr. John Lehrter, Dr. Brian Dzwonkowski, Dr. Sean Powers, Dr. Ron Kiene, and Dr. Bob Shipp. (Courtesy: Alison Robertson)

Dr. Powers splits his time between the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of South Alabama where he serves as the Chair of the Marine Sciences Program. His research focuses on the ecology of marine fish and invertebrates, particularly those that support commercial and recreational fisheries. He serves as a judge to the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, and leads marine science students in sampling species during the rodeo for research. Dr. Powers has published more than 110 peer-reviewed scientific articles, many in leading journals in the field. 

In 2013, Dr. Powers was named one of the 50 Most Outstanding Faculty in the University's 50 year history. He has also received the College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarship and Academic Achievement (2006), and the National Alumni Association's Olivia Rambo McGlothren Outstanding Scholar Award (2017).

Dr. Powers is the third recipient of the Dean's Lecture Award in the Department of Marine Sciences since it's inception in 1982. Drs. Bob Shipp (1991) and Ron Kiene (2013) are past recipients.