Peter H. Wiebe
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Growing up near the seashore in central California, Peter Wiebe
developed a love for and a curiosity about the oceans at an
early age. As a youth, he spent hours free-diving in the Monterey
Bay area, and he assembled his first scuba gear in 1954. His
undergraduate studies took him to northern Arizona, a region
whose oceans disappeared 40 million years ago, thus making
him too late to study them firsthand. He returned to California
and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to obtain a Ph.D.
in biological oceanography, and then came to Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution in 1969.
Now a senior scientist at WHOI, his interests
have focused most recently on the dynamics of zooplankton populations
on Georges Bank and on krill living on the continental shelf
region of the Western Antarctic Peninsulatwo components
of the U.S. Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics Program. For his
efforts leading the GLOBEC program, the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration awarded Wiebe its Environmental
Hero Award for "tireless
efforts to preserve and protect the nation's environment."
Posted: April 25, 2005