Ocean Springs– A
national fisheries society has recognized the lifework of local
marine parasitologist Robin M. "Bob" Overstreet, Ph.D.
A professor of coastal sciences at The University
of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Overstreet
accepted the 2005 S.F. Snieszko Distinguished Service Award presented
by the Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society during
the section's annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., July 27-29.
The Snieszko award is named in honor of one of the most influential
figures in the establishment of modern fish health sciences nationally
"The award is a career achievement award,
and Dr. Overstreet's dedication and contributions to research, teaching
and service in parasitology and fish health are recognized by his
colleagues the world over," said Jeffrey M. Lotz, Ph.D., professor
and chair of coastal sciences at the GCRL. "Dr. Overstreet
has been instrumental in my education and scientific career, and
it is gratifying to learn that he has been so justly honored by
the American Fisheries Society. His expertise is incredibly deep
and wide, and his work has expanded our scientific knowledge as
well as positively affected economies and human health."
The veteran scientist began his tenure as a
researcher at the GCRL in 1969. He has authored approximately 275
publications, including one book and 37 book chapters. He served
as major professor or research adviser for nine graduated doctoral
students and three graduated master's students. He is currently
mentoring five graduate students.
Daniel R. Brooks, professor of zoology at the
University of Toronto, describes his former research adviser as
"an exceptional mentor." Brooks conducted his doctoral
research under Overstreet's guidance from 1975 to 1978. "He
expected a lot from himself, and that made me strive all the harder
to achieve a level of excellence in my own studies and career."
Brooks said Overstreet is "one of the
world's most versatile and accomplished scientists in the area of
marine and fisheries biology and especially of the biology of disease
in the marine environment.”
"One groundbreaking study after another
has put Bob in the position today of having established many of
the fundamental protocols for assessing health risks in both the
natural and mariculture environments."
Overstreet and his wife Kim reside in Ocean
The Department of Coastal Sciences and the
GCRL are part of the Southern Miss School of Ocean and Earth Sciences,
College of Science and Technology.