In 2003, Carl Safina (co-founder, Blue Ocean Institute) received the National Academies Communication Award in the Book category, and in 2006 The New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert received the award in the Magazine/Newspaper category. It was recently announced that each of these individuals have received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must apply to the Guggenheim Foundation in order to be considered in either of these competitions.
The Guggenheim Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are review. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded each year.
Selected on the basis of “achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment,” each fellow receives a grant to support his or her work.
Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker
since 1999. Her stories for the magazine have included political profiles, book reviews, Comment pieces and extensive writing on climate change. Her three-part series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” won the 2006 National Magazine Award for Public Interest, the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award, and the 2006 National Academies Communication Award in the Magazine/Newspaper category.
Carl Safina explores how the ocean is changing, and what those changes mean for wildlife and for people. His writing conveys the scientific dimensions as well as moral and social implications or our relationship with nature. Safina is the author of several books, and more than a hundred scientific and popular publications on ecology and oceans. His second book, Eye of the Albatross, won the John Burroughs Medial for nature writing and the 2003 National Academies Communication Award in the Book Category.