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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2012 Awardees 2012 (Honorary Membership Award) - Lawrence Barnes


Dr. Lawrence G. Barnes has been a curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County since 1972, with responsibilities for fossil mammals and fossil marine vertebrates. He was a charter member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, and is a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the Mexican Paleontological Society, the Mexican Marine Mammal Society, and the Baja California Peninsular Geological Society.  He is visiting professor of marine mammalogy at the state universities in Ensenada and La Paz, Mexico, and at the federal marine institute in La Paz, CICIMAR. He has sponsored numerous students, and served on dozens of thesis committees. In studying fossil marine mammals, Dr. Barnes has traveled to various parts of the US, as well as to Mexico, Europe, and Japan.  In his more than 250 published titles, he has named at last count 40 species, 24 genera, 13 subfamilies, 4 families, and 2 superfamilies of whales, dolphins, sea lions, walruses, sea cows, desmostylians, and even a beach bear.