Company: University of Miami
Location: Miami, Florida, United States
Donald Olson, Professor at the University of Miami, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in marine biology and chemistry.
Growing up, Dr. Olson observed his family’s use of irrigation on their small ranch farm in Wyoming as a means to control the water flow to the land. He was intrigued by this, and with the fact that the surrounding hills were covered with marine fossils. He decided when he was in the 8th grade that he wanted to be a physical oceanographer to learn how the ocean flows. Dr. Olson pursued this interest in his academic pursuits, first earning a Bachelor of Science at the University of Wyoming in 1974. He continued his studies at Texas A&M University, receiving a Master of Science in 1976, and a PhD in 1979. Dr. Olson began working as a 3rd engineer at Houston Barge Lines in 1971, and continued in this venture until 1974.
In 1979, Dr. Olson joined the faculty at the University of Miami as an assistant professor. Throughout his time at the institution, he has been promoted to a full professor post, where he continues to provide invaluable knowledge to students. In his career, the highlight that has stood out the most has been with his research crews that have sailed across the Indian Ocean four times. Dr. Olson’s research work has taken him across every ocean at least once, except for the Arctic. In addition, Dr. Olson has had 16 PhD students and many undergraduate honor students. He has received grants from the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, from NASA and numerous other organizations. In recognition of his work, Dr. Olson received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wyoming. He has professionally been affiliated with the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Oceanographic Society, the American Fisheries Society and Sigma X.
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