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The Geological Society of America (GSA) conferred the 2015 Bromery Award for Minorities on Esri chief scientist Dawn J. Wright. The award recognizes Dr. Wright’s lifetime accomplishments that have advanced geologic and geographic science as well as influenced the professional careers of her students. GSA members presented the award to Wright during the annual GSA meeting November 1, in Baltimore, Maryland.

In addition to her role as chief scientist for Esri, the world leader in GIS technology, Wright (aka Deepsea Dawn) is a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. She has combined her expertise as a geographer and GIS user to map the seafloor, design geospatial solutions for coastal mapping and charting, and advise organizations on oceanography and fisheries. Wright has teamed with scientists worldwide in using GIS to map and analyze terrains, ecosystems, and habitats. She continues to work with the GIS community to develop data models and design solutions for analyzing the ocean. Wright serves on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Science Advisory Board.

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