Hampton University Marine Science Professor Wins Prestigious 2019 NSF CAREER Award Worth $700,000

HAMPTON, Va. (June 6, 2019) – Dr. Andrij Horodysky, assistant professor in Hampton University’s Department of Marine and Environmental Science, has been awarded a prestigious five-year, $700,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development award (NSF CAREER) for his groundbreaking research on the effects of ocean acidification on fish neurosensory biology.

“Congratulations to Dr. Horodysky for receiving this esteemed award. Our faculty continue to lead the way in research and innovation, and their hard work is being recognized all over the world,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

Dr. Horodysky is aiming to answer how rapidly changing ocean conditions are affecting the sensory systems of marine life. Since the Industrial Revolution, the ocean has become roughly 30% more acidic due to its absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  While a litany of ocean acidification research has focused on plankton and invertebrates, studies of the effects on fish neurosensory physiology are very recent, and remain an exciting frontier.

Dr. Horodysky’s research investigates the sensory deficits and morphological changes experienced by the auditory systems of sound-producing fishes that face changes in ocean pH and temperature. The research builds on Horodysky’s previous NSF-supported projects and will benefit from his longtime collaborations with faculty and staff at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

The highly competitive CAREER Program offers NSF’s most prestigious award to the nation’s most promising young faculty who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.” Dr. Horodysky is the second assistant professor to receive a CAREER Award as a standing member of the Hampton University faculty. His CAREER Award is jointly funded by the NSF Biological Science Directorate’s Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (BIO-IOS) and the Division of Human Resource Development’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HRD-HBCU-UP).

“The National Science Foundation’s prestigious Career Award is granted to junior faculty who have demonstrated the potential to become research and academic leaders. Dr. Horodysky has trained numerous students while continuing to embark upon cutting-edge research. I congratulate him for receiving this distinguished and coveted award and for exemplifying ‘THE Standard of Excellence’ at Hampton University,” said Dr. Michelle Penn-Marshall, Vice President for Research, Associate Provost and Dean of the Hampton University Graduate College.

“President Harvey has challenged the Hampton University faculty to dream no small dreams, and to strive for the extraordinary. It is an immense honor to receive a CAREER Award and work towards this vision at a time when the University has transitioned to a Doctoral University, High Research Activity Carnegie Classification. I am very thankful for the wonderful students in my research group, my outstanding colleagues in the Marine and Environmental Science Program, and the mentorship I have received from collaborators and colleagues throughout my career. It takes a village,” said Horodysky.

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