USC Sea Grant Progam Names New Director

by Bob Calverley
Linda Duguay

LINDA DUGUAY, a former program manager at the National Science Foundation, has been named director of the USC Sea Grant Program and deputy director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.

“I’ll be working with the Sea Grant community to further develop our ‘urban ocean’ theme and will be responsible for coordinating the integration of environmental science with policy issues and decision processes in society,” Duguay said.

Wrigley Institute Director Anthony Michaels said Duguay will work with science, management and policy entities in Southern California to help fulfill Sea Grant’s goals.

“Her expertise and energy will further the quality and value of Sea Grant’s research and outreach programs,” he said.

THE NATIONAL SEA GRANT College Program, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a federal-state-university partnership that promotes the understanding and responsible use of marine and coastal resources in coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico.

Duguay received her M.S. and Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Miami’s Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and her A.B. in biology from the University of Rhode Island.

For the past 10 years she has served as a program officer at the NSF, first in biological oceanography and most recently in both the Antarctic and Arctic sections of the Office of Polar Programs. She has held research and teaching positions at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Southampton College of Long Island University, St. Mary’s College in Maryland and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies. She is the author of numerous reports, papers and book chapters on issues in biological oceanography and marine ecology.

Former USC Sea Grant Director Douglas Sherman will resume full-time teaching and research duties as professor of geography following a sabbatical in New Zealand and Australia.