tlhs ken ableRutgers Marine Scientist, Dr. Ken Able Looks at Life in our Estuaries

Highlands, NJ —  The Twin Lights Historical Society presents Rutgers professor and author Ken Able Ph.D. as the first speaker for the 2015–16 season of the Millicent Mercer Johnsen Lecture Series.

Dr. Able’s presentation, entitled Station 119; From Lifesaving to Marine Research, is open to the public free of charge at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 15 in the South Tower auditorium. Following the presentation, he will be signing copies of his book, Station 119, which covers the history of the Rutgers University Marine Field Station and research in southern New Jersey estuaries—where he has worked since the mid-1980s. Among his myriad areas of expertise is the life history and ecology of fishes, with emphasis on habitat quality.  

Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, contact the Twin Lights Historical Society at (732) 872–1814.

“Ken has a unique and profound understanding of our estuaries that has been developed over the course of decades through his research and teaching,” says Tim Dring, who co-chairs the Society’s lecture series. “He can describe the diversity and fragility of life in an inch-deep salt marsh or at the edge of the continental shelf. I don’t think anyone attending his presentation will ever look at the water quite the same way again.”

Dr. Able has authored many publications, including three books, over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous book reviews, published abstracts and technical reports. He received his Ph.D. from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science/College of William and Mary in 1974, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University.

Dr. Able has received the Oscar Sette Award from the Marine Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society, the Research Excellence Award from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University and, most recently, was the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award from NOAA.

He began his appointment at Rutgers University in 1977, and has been the Director of the Rutgers University Marine Field Station since 1986. In that time, he has been the advisor for 37 graduate students (14 Ph.D. and 23 M.S.) and 23 postdoctoral fellows.