Texas Sea Grant welcomes Wormuth as research coordinator

March 15, 2006

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Dr. John Wormuth, professor and interim deputy department head of the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University, has joined the Texas Sea Grant College Program as its first-ever research coordinator.

“The applied research that Texas Sea Grant supports through universities across the state is extremely important to the success of our program,” said Dr. Robert Stickney, director of Texas Sea Grant. “Having a person with Dr. Wormuth’s experience and knowledge as coordinator of our research activity will ensure that we continue to select and fund the most deserving proposals that address issues facing our state, and that the results of that research will be reported to all our stakeholders, including the public at large, in a timely manner.”

As research coordinator, Wormuth’s duties will include taking the lead role in soliciting research proposals and arranging for their review, planning and conducting Texas Sea Grant’s annual researcher conference, and serving as the point of contact for funded researchers with the program.

“I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Sea Grant community,” Wormuth said. “I will be working to make the proposal solicitation and review process as electronic as possible to expedite our interactions with researchers.”

Wormuth is a biological oceanographer who has been on the faculty in the Department of Oceanography since 1972. He also served as deputy department head from 1987 to 1994. He holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hope College in Michigan. His research interests range from sperm whale feeding areas in the Gulf of Mexico to the zooplankton of the Antarctic.

Texas Sea Grant awards about $800,000 in grants annually to marine researchers in Texas in three main areas: coastal ecosystem health, coastal community and economic development, and marine education. The program is a component of the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of a network of 31 university-based programs in coastal and Great Lakes states. Through a partnership of industry, government and higher education, Sea Grant sponsors and promotes programs aimed at the understanding, wise use and stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources to develop and maintain a sustainable economy and a healthy environment.

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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.