OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU’s Abbott president-elect of The Oceanography Society Council

01/10/2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Mark Abbott, dean of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, has been elected president-elect The Oceanography Society Council.

The council is the governing body for The Oceanography Society, which was founded in 1988 to disseminate knowledge of oceanography, enhance research and education, promote communication among oceanographers and bring together different disciplines. Its membership includes oceanographers, engineers and other scientists active in ocean-related fields, as well as persons who have advanced oceanography through leadership and public service.

This non-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C., also publishes the magazine, Oceanography.

“With the release last year of a new national ocean policy, this is an important time for the oceanographic community in regards  to research, education and public service,” Abbott said. “The Oceanography Society will engage its members in the implementation of this policy.”

Abbott joined the OSU faculty in 1988 and has been dean of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences since 2001. He is a member of the National Science Board, and serves as vice-chair of the Oregon Global Warming Commission.