Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
The White House, Washington D.C., 31 July 2012
Kyle S. Van Houtan, Ph.D.

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. The White House, following recommendations from participating agencies, confers the awards annually. Kyle Van Houtan received this honor for his pioneering research into how climate influences sea turtle populations.

As part of a group of leading American scientists and engineers, Van Houtan met with President Obama in the East Room of the White House, where the president thanked them for their research and encouraged them to keep up the good work. Earlier, in an award ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Science and Technology Advisor John Holdren conferred the award to Van Houtan.

“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people.” President Obama said. “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”

NOAA Fisheries Chief Science Advisor Richard Merrick, said: “The scientists and managers at NOAA Fisheries Service are thrilled that Dr. Van Houtan’s pioneering scientific research and strong commitment to mentor new scientists has been recognized by the White House. Kyle has shown how a deep understanding of biology, ecology, and climate science can provide answers to the important question of how climate change can affect animal populations over decades and vast geographies.”