Scripps Oceanography Announces Two New Deputy Directors


Bob Knox has taken the helm as Deputy Director for Research as of July 2.
Doug Bartlett will become Deputy Director for Education & Chair of the Department on Sept. 1.

As Deputy Director for Research, Knox will emphasize identifying large, emerging opportunities that focus on multi-investigator, highly complex, and applied research. His efforts will include establishing interested teams and coalitions to pursue these opportunities in cases where there is a good fit for Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

As Deputy Director for Education and Department Chair, Bartlett will have the re-unified job of Deputy Director for our overall education endeavors, including the UCSD undergraduate degree in earth sciences and marine science minor, as well as Chair of the Department, overseeing our educational instruction leading to graduate degrees in oceanography, marine biology, and earth sciences.

Stepping down from leaderships positions are:  Ken Melville (Deputy Director - Research), Dan Rudnick (Deputy Director - Education), and Myrl Hendershott (Chair of the Department). Each will be returning to their very active and productive research endeavors. Melville has recently received large grants for UAV and air-sea interaction research; Rudnick is involved in helping Scripps chart its course in coastal research; and though Hendershott is returning to teaching and research, he will remain an active member of the Scripps academic education team.

New Deputy Directors' Biographies:

Bob Knox, Deputy Director for Research:
Bob Knox, a research oceanographer emeritus, served as the associate director for Ship Operations and Technical Support at Scripps until his retirement in 2007. He joined Scripps in 1973 and held various research and administrative positions throughout his career here. His research interests focus on equatorial ocean circulation and dynamics and acoustic remote sensing of ocean circulation. His published papers are primarily observational studies of large-scale ocean circulation, particularly circulation in the tropical oceans.  As associate director, Knox oversaw the Scripps fleet, one of the largest U.S. academic fleets, with four oceanographic research ships and FLIP. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the MIT-Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography. Knox is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorology Society, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Oceanography Society. He has served on National Research Council committees, including two terms on the Ocean Studies Board. He is a national associate of the National Academies. He served for several years on the council of UNOLS, the national organization of 61 academic institutions that operate or use research vessels, and was UNOLS chair from 1998 to 2002.

Doug Bartlett, Deputy Director for Education:
Doug Bartlett is a professor of marine microbial genetics in CMBB and in MBRD and has been associated with Scripps since 1989.  His research focuses on deep-sea microbiology, life in methane-rich marine sediments at the ocean bottom, and the environmental adaptations of pathogenic bacteria. He received his B.S. in biology from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN, and his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed postdoctoral studies in marine microbial genetics at the Agouron Institute in La Jolla. In 1996, he co-founded the San Diego Microbiology Group, an informal association of microbiologists from academia and industry that meets monthly throughout the academic year. Bartlett is a member of the Faculty of 1000 Biology, American Society for Microbiology, the International Society for High Pressure Bioscience and Biotechnology, the International Society for Extremophiles, Sigma Xi, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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