Dennis Taylor, a professor of marine science at the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, received the 2008 President’s Award for Service to the Community for his excellence in science teaching and demonstration of civic responsibility. He received a plaque and $500, which he donated to the Williamsburg Climate Action Network.
Taylor has been teaching at VIMS since 1991. In 1995 he began teaching undergraduate courses at the College, including freshman seminars and introductory marine science classes. Four years ago, Taylor founded the Public Commons Project, which fosters interdisciplinary undergraduate environmental research that aids the community.