Kyle Van Houtan Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Kyle Van Houtan
Kyle Van Houtan

On July 23, PIFSC scientist Kyle Van Houtan was named by President Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE). The award recognizes Van Houtan's recent research elucidating the effects of climate on loggerhead sea turtle populations, published in the peer-reviewed open-access journal PLos ONE.

Van Houtan and 95 other scientists, all federal employees or grantees, were honored for their "pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach". President Obama addressed the honorees at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Van Houtan is the second PIFSC scientist to receive the PECASE in as many years; Erin Oleson earned the honor in 2011 for her work with cetaceans.