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David PawsonPhoto by Chip Clark

From 1996 to 1998, Dr. David Pawson served as the Associate Director for Science at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. He also worked as Acting Director of the Museum from 1995 through 1997. He began his association with the Smithsonian in 1964 as an Associate Curator, later becoming Curator, and then Senior Research Scientist. Dr. Pawson began his career as a Lecturer in Zoology at Victoria University in New Zealand.

Throughout his career, Dr. Pawson has collected around isolated islands, including the Galapagos, Hawaii, New Zealand, Ascension, Bermuda, South Georgia, Deception, and several Caribbean islands. His field work has included use of diving apparatuses and oceanographic vessels in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Antarctic. He has made over 200 dives in manned marine submersibles to depths in excess of 13,000 feet (3962 meters). He has published over 200 articles and book chapters.

Dr. Pawson's research is involved in marine biology; especially deep-sea animals of bathyal and abyssal depths, the ecology and systematics of sea urchins and sea cucumbers, biogeography of isolated oceanic islands, and Antarctic biology.


Link to the Virtual Echinoderm Newsletter, distributed by Dave Pawson:
http://invertebrates.si.edu/echinoderm/


 


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