Alvarino de Leira Alvarino Awarded Great Silver Medal of Galici

On July 23, 1993, scientist Angeles Alvarino de Leira Alvarino was awarded the Great Silver Medal of Galici a by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophia of Spain.   Alvarino, who was born in Spain, specialized in fishery research biologist and marine science. In her decades long career, she made tremendous contributions to knowledge about marine zooplankton, and discovered 22 new ocean species in the course of her work. She participated in numerous expeditions aboard research vessels of several countries, and was the first woman to serve as a scientist aboard a British research vessel.  After receiving a Fulbright award to study in the US, she began work as a fisheries biologist in 1970 with the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) in La Jolla, California.

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