The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Research Board recently announced the selection of Dr. Charles “Chuck” A. Wilson to serve as the GoMRI Chief Science Officer. Dr. Wilson will join the Gulf of Mexico Alliance staff in the new position created by the Research Board to provide scientific research advice and leadership to the GoMRI. Dr. Wilson will coordinate the work of the GoMRI Research Board with that of the Alliance and with the various research programs.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” said Dr. Wilson. “My career has spanned the conduct of research, administration, and the management of a research, outreach and education programs.” He recently commented, “I enjoy envisioning partnerships and motivating people towards common goals. There are numerous opportunities for collaboration and interaction between the research consortia and other scientific teams funded by the GoMRI and I look forward to helping facilitate this collaboration.”

Dr. Wilson is a distinguished scientist and academic leader. He has held faculty and administrative posts at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he joined the faculty in 1984 as an assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. Since then, he has risen through the academic ranks to full professor and department chairman. Most recently, he has served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, and prior to that as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. During his tenure at LSU, Dr. Wilson has received more than $15,000,000 in private, state, and federal funding for research and education programs, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific publications.

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