The Ramón Margalef Award is given to scientists and educators for excellence in teaching and mentoring in the fields of limnology and oceanography. Stephanie Hampton receives the 2020 Ramon Margalef Excellence in Education Award Recipient for her outstanding contributions in the training and mentoring of young scientists with an emphasis on collaboration, data sharing and networking that have engaged researchers at all levels.
Stephanie Hampton’s research spans the fields of limnology, time series analysis, and under-ice ecology. Throughout her career, Hampton has been a leader in discussions and community efforts to embrace effective collaboration, open science, transparency, and reproducibility. Her papers on managing large data sets and collaborative science are highly cited and were among the earliest to address this emerging issue. She has served as Interim Director of Community Engagement and Education at DataONE, Managing Director at Science for Nature and People, and Deputy Director at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). As Director of the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO) at Washington State University, Hampton brought together faculty, staff, and students from across campus, to work directly with industry and government professionals to address large-scale issues surrounding global environmental change. She continues to hold a position as Professor in WSU’s School of the Environment, and also currently serves as Division Director for the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation.
Beyond being well-respected for her research and leadership, Hampton excels at mentoring. She takes a very active approach to mentoring, consistently provides opportunities for early career scientists to take leadership roles. Her mentees cite her “implicit trust and confidence in our ability” and her continued guidance and support as critical to their own career development.
“Stephanie Hampton is a leader who by example and action is transforming aquatic science to be more open and more inclusive. Her superb mentorship has guided many forward so they, like her, can make important contributions. We are pleased to honor her many contributions with the 2020 Margalef Award,” said ASLO President Michael Pace.