Marine biologist Barbara A. Block honored with Rolex Award for Enterprise

By: Tucker Harrington

Marine biologist Barbara A. Block entered the field nearly 30 years ago and has since had a hand in countless ground-breaking research within the industry. Block’s commitment to life under the sea was recently recognized when she was honored with the Rolex Award for Enterprise, reports.

Block was given one of the prestigious recognition awards along with $104,000 to put toward future projects for her work in preserving predatory marine animals including sharks, the news outlet reports. Block tracks the animals’ movements with underwater listening stations in order to better understand their unique behaviors. Block credits her parents for her career, as they gave her the freedom to explore and chose her own path as a child.

“I think becoming a scientist is the product of parents who gave me enormous opportunities to master nature,” Block told the publication.

The Rolex Awards‘ official website reports the awards were created more than 35 years ago to honor “extraordinary individuals who possess the courage and conviction to take on major challenges.”

The website added the Enterprise Award is given out to a new or ongoing project anywhere in the world that strives to “improve the lives, or protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage.”