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New leader: Mark Moline takes helm as director of School of Marine Science and Policy

New leader: Mark Moline takes helm as director of School of Marine Science and Policy

When Mark Moline was an undergraduate, the biology major gained hands-on experience in marine science on research expeditions to Bermuda, Australia and Antarctica. Over the course of his career, he continued zigzagging around the globe to use underwater robots and remote sensing to better understand the ecosystems in which whales, penguins, plankton and other aquatic organisms live.

“My whole life is sort of like a pinball going back and forth,” Moline said. “When research opportunities come up, I grab them when I can.”  

Moline plans to emphasize such experiential learning among students and faculty in his new role as director of the School of Marine Science and Policy in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), which he joined earlier this month. Based in both Newark and Lewes, Moline oversees the school’s four programs in marine biosciences, oceanography, marine policy and physical ocean science and engineering.

“Mark’s many accomplishments in the field, the lab and the classroom reflect his passion for ocean science,” CEOE Dean Nancy Targett said. “He has been at the forefront of incorporating new technologies into marine biology, and his enthusiastic leadership will help keep the school’s tradition of excellence moving forward.”