GCOOS Board Member Dr. Ruth Mullins Perry has received a Distinguished Achievement Award from Texas A&M University’s College of Geosciences. Awardees are distinctly renowned for their geosciences expertise, service to the Aggie family and legacy contributions to science.

Dr. Perry, ’04, a marine scientist and regulatory policy specialist at Shell Exploration and Production Company, will be awarded the Geosciences Young Alumni Award.

Prior to joining Shell in 2014, Perry received a bachelor’s in biology in 2004, a master’s in oceanography in 2008, and a doctorate in oceanography in 2013, all from Texas A&M.

“Dr. Perry is an exceptional scientist and has demonstrated an exceedingly broad expertise and disciplinary experience,” said Dr. Steve DiMarco, Texas A&M oceanography professor, who served as her doctoral and post-doctoral advisor. “For the past five years, Dr. Perry has been developing private-public partnerships for Shell to help improve industry and community knowledge of the offshore marine environment.”

She has served on several boards and committees, and has made presentations to the U.S. Congress to advocate for sustained ocean monitoring for societal benefits and to help advance the understanding of human impacts on the marine environment. Perry also conceptualized and is leading the Ocean Observing partnership of the Stones Observatory in the Gulf of Mexico, which is a unique public-private collaboration. “The Stones observational platform will provide interdisciplinary observations in 3,000 meters for decades to come and stands as a model for future private-public partnerships,” DiMarco said.