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Orbach Earns Honor from The Coastal Society
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Posted Friday, July 13, 2012
Mike Orbach, former director of the Duke Marine Laboratory and a current member of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board, has received The Coastal Society's Outstanding Service Award.
"The TCS Board of Directors honors Mike with this award for his outstanding service to the field of coastal resource management. His exemplary work and influence has been noted at the local, state, federal, and international levels," says current society president Lisa Schiavinato.
"Mike also has shown strong dedication as a mentor to students and young professionals. Mike is a true asset to the profession," she notes. Schiavinato also serves as North Carolina Sea Grant's law, planning and community development specialist.
Orbach also has long service to the international organization, including his tenure as society president from 1996 to 1998.
The honor was announced at the society's conference in Miami in June, which Orbach was unable to attend. Schiavinato recently presented him the award at the Marine Lab.
Orbach is a professor in the practice of marine affairs and policy in Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. He has been at Duke since 1993, and previous positions include faculty at East Carolina University and staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition to his work with the society, he has served on many state, regional and national panels regarding fisheries, coastal ecosystems and ocean policies.
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