Victoria Orphan, the James Irvine Professor of Environmental Science and Geobiology, is one of three recipients of the NOMIS Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award for 2018. The award is presented to “exceptional scientists, supporting them in their exploration of unconventional academic paths, thereby inciting new directions in science,” according to the NOMIS award announcement. “The foundation rewards innovative ideas and approaches that involve interdisciplinary collaboration and apply a broad range of methods, building bridges across the boundaries of the sciences and humanities. NOMIS favors researchers who choose to share their work and knowledge widely and who continuously look for new synergies and opportunities.” Orphan’s NOMIS-supported project, “Understanding Virus-Host Dynamics in Ocean Ecosystems,” will investigate the impact of marine viruses on the transformation of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur in ocean surface waters and sediments.