Texas Sea Grant names new research coordinator

February 07, 2013

By Jim Hiney

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas Sea Grant College Program welcomes Dr. Mona Behl as its new Research Coordinator, effective Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. She will oversee the program’s research grant, scholarship and fellowship opportunities, and will contribute to Texas Sea Grant’s state and federal reporting efforts.

Texas Sea Grant is a partnership of university, government and industry focusing on marine research, education and outreach. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 32 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. The program’s mission is to develop a better understanding of Texas coastal resources in support of sustainable use and conservation of these resources for the benefit of the economy and environment.

Behl earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics at Panjab University in Chandigarh, India. She received her doctorate in physical oceanography from Florida State University. Before joining Texas Sea Grant, Behl was a visiting fellow at the American Meteorological Society Policy Program in Washington, D.C. She was also an adjunct professor at American Public University in nearby Charles Town, W.Va.

Her research interests include air-sea interaction, large-scale ocean circulation driven by differences in water densities and its role in global climate change, ocean policy, coastal restoration and management, decision making under uncertainty, climate change risk communication, mitigation and adaptation, water resources management, science policy and education.

Behl is based at Texas Sea Grant’s headquarters on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station. Anyone interested in learning more about Texas Sea Grant’s research grant, scholarship or fellowship opportunities can contact Behl by phone (979-458-0449) and email (monabehl@tamu.edu).

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.