Dr. Martin Lockley, Professor Emeritus Geology, University of Colorado Denver; Associate Curator University of Colorado; and Co-Founder of Friends of Dinosaur Ridge received the inaugural Presidential Award for his distinguished achievement on Dinosaur Track Research. This is the first award given to a paleontologist in Korean history. He is the second non-Korean to receive this award.
The award ceremony was held on December 8th in Seoul, South Korea at the Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation’s Folk Theater Pungryu and Dr. Lockley attended in person after a 14-day quarantine. Dr. Lockley has been studying fossil animal footprints on the Korean Peninsula’s southern coast for more than 30 years. The award recognized Dr. Lockley’s contribution to raising the value of the region’s natural heritage through scientific research that reveals the diversity of animal ecosystems on the Korean Peninsula.
Jong Deock Lim and Kyung Soo Kim, Dr. Lockley’s good friends and scientific colleagues, nominated him and supported his joint studies over the years. He is very appreciative of their support and “simply would not have received the award without their recommendation.”
Dr. Lockley serves on Dinosaur Ridge’s Advisory Board, which offers periodic advice and review of our programmatic work. The Dinosaur Ridge Advisory Board is a group of subject field experts that relate to our mission. They are leaders in their fields and have demonstrated their commitment to our organization and/or mission.
Congratulations, Dr. Lockley!