Wednesday, June 14, 2000
Marsha Gear (858) 534-0581
or Charles McFadden (510) 987-9193


Russell A. Moll has been appointed director of the University of California’s statewide California Sea Grant Program.

California Sea Grant funds marine research at public and private universities throughout the state. Federal funds are matched with funds from state and other non-federal sources to carry out research, education and outreach programs on a local, state, regional and national level. The program is based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

California Sea Grant is the largest of 30 university-based programs in a national network funded through the National Sea Grant College Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Moll has broad experience in both research and administration. He has served as director of the Michigan Sea Grant Program since 1997 and was previously assistant director for eight years. He was director of the University of Michigan/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research, overseeing its rapid growth to more than 70 affiliated scientists. Moll also served for two years as associate program director for the Biological Oceanography Program of the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.

"Dr. Moll brings extensive, valuable experience that seems tailor-made for our Sea Grant Program in California," said UC Vice Provost for Research Robert Shelton, who announced Moll’s appointment. "He has not only served as director of the Michigan Sea Grant Program but also serves as president of the Sea Grant Association, which provides leadership to all 30 Sea Grant programs."

"I greatly look forward to the opportunity to serve as the new California Sea Grant director," said Moll, who will assume his new position on Sept. 18, 2000.

Moll has traveled, studied and published extensively on the Great Lakes, nearshore marine environments, and temperate and tropical rivers during his 26-year career at the University of Michigan. His primary research interests are the biology of phytoplankton (tiny water-dwelling plants at the base of aquatic food chains) and biostatistics. Moll's work has taken him to West Africa, where he managed a research team conducting a major study of the Gambia River.

Moll earned his Ph.D. degree in 1974 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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