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UDaily: Oliver named Robertson Professor of Marine Science and Policy

UDaily: Oliver named Robertson Professor of Marine Science and Policy

Matthew Oliver, an associate professor in University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, has been named the Patricia and Charles Robertson Professor of Marine Science and Policy. The endowed chair, funded through a generous gift from UD alumna Patricia Robertson and her husband Charles, is meant to reward exceptional young faculty talent.

“Today’s global environmental challenges require leaders who can link science and society, who can address the complex problems facing our nation and world. The distinguished gift from the Robertsons is a meaningful acknowledgment of the important roles that our faculty play, not only in leading the way toward sustainable solutions, but also in educating this University’s greatest asset — our students,” said Provost Domenico Grasso.

Oliver, who joined the UD faculty in 2008, is an expert in using underwater robots and satellites to examine how organisms use marine environments, and in studying the impact of climate change on ocean processes. In recent research, he used unmanned underwater vehicles to track the migration patterns of penguins, sharks and sturgeon, work that has implications on ecology and conservation.