Frederic H. Nichols, 1956

Biological oceanographer whose work is important for the ecology of urban coastal waters.
Frederic Nichols is a biological oceanographer whose work is important for the ecology of urban coastal waters. For his accomplishments benefiting the environment, Vermont Academy honors Nichols, class of 1956, with the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award.

After graduating Hamilton College, Nichols spent four years in the Navy where he participated in the US strategy to defend itself during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He then earned a Master’s Degree and Doctorate from the University of Washington, and joined the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA to study the San Francisco Bay. His research has focused on maintaining the ecological balance of the Bay. Nichols hopes that his studies will lead to a greater understanding of coastal processes and subsequently to the protection and improvement of coastal bay areas worldwide.

To promote this goal, he appeared on PBS’s Nova in a presentation entitled “Inside the Golden Gate.” Involved in several environmental organizations, Nichols has been President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and President of the USGS Water Resources Federation. He is also on the governing board of the Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies and an adjunct professor at California State University.
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