The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers Julie LaRoche, of East Moriches, and Helen Murray-Tobin, of Ronkonkoma, were awarded the Luigi Provasoli Award by the Phycological Society of America for the most outstanding research paper published in the Journal of Phycology during 1994-95.
An announcement of the award was published in the journal's February 1997 issue. Phycology is the study of algae, and the researchers' experiments examine how biological processes in marine algae are regulated and controlled by genetic limitations and environmental variables such as nutrient limitation.
The paper was selected from 240 published in the scientific journal, and the two Brookhaven winners shared the $500 award with the paper's co-authors: Mónica Orellana of the University of Washington, and Jan Newton of the Washington Department of Ecology.
LaRoche, the lead author of the winning paper, is now using the findings reported in it to examine the causes of brown tide as part of the New York Sea Grant Brown Tide Research Initiative.