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MCRI Board of Directors

MCRI is overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of scientists, business leaders, and other interested parties and supporters to help guide the organization and its research goals and objectives.

MCRI Board of Directors

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Dr. Wolfgang H. Berger buttonLink

W. H. Berger is a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He is on emeritus status since January 2007. His main research interests include the history of the ocean’s carbon cycle and productivity, and the history of climate change through the last million years, on various time scales. His most recent publication is on the evolution of whales in response to climate change within the last 50 million years (Deep-Sea Res. II).

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Dr. Laurel Harrison Breece buttonLink

Dr. Laurel Breece is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Long Beach City College. Dr. Breece has extensive experience in both terrestrial and underwater archaeology.

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Mr. Dirk Burcham buttonLink

Dirk Burcham has over 30 years of experience in the fields of Biology and Business. He has worked as a Wildlife Biologist and has held management positions in the wholesale distribution industry.

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John H. Dorsey, Ph.D., BCES buttonLink

John Dorsey received his B.S. in Marine Biology (1972), M.S. in Biology (1975) from California State University, Long Beach, Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in Zoology (1982), and is a Board Certified Environmental Scientist through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

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Dr. James A. Fawcett buttonLink

For more than 40 years, James Fawcett has been a man with one foot on land and the other in the sea. As a faculty member and researcher in the fields of marine and urban policy at the University of Southern California, he directs Marine Science and Policy Outreach for the Sea Grant Program, a unit of USC’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. He holds concurrent appointments as adjunct associate professor in USC’s Price School of Public Policy and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, teaching in the areas of public policy and environmental policy.

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Mr. Russell T. Hill buttonLink

Russell Hill is the chairman and CEO of Halbert Hargrove in Long Beach and has more than thirty years of experience in the investment business.

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Dr. Roy Houston buttonLink

Dr. Roy Houston is professor emeritus of biology at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, where he was in charge of the marine biology program. At LMU he taught various courses in marine biology and marine ecology. Dr. Houston is also the founder and director of the Loyola Marymount University Baja California Biological Station which is located south of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. Every summer for over twenty-nine years he gave an upper division field course called Marine Ecology of Baja California and has published a field guide on the natural history of desert and marine life in the area. In addition, Dr. Houston is on the visiting faculty of the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences where he teaches Tropical Marine Ecology and has been involved with coral reef monitoring projects. Dr. Houston and his LMU students have been active in local underwater research projects along the coast of California and Baja California.

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Dr. Krista Kamer buttonLink

Dr. Kamer is the Director of the California State University (CSU) Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST), the umbrella organization for marine and coastal-related research and educational activities within the CSU. She received her doctorate in Biology from UCLA in 2000 and was a staff scientist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) from 2000-2003.

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Dr. Lee B. Kats buttonLink

Lee B. Kats, professor of biology and Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science, has taught at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California for seventeen years. He currently serves as the associate provost for research. He received his Ph.D. in animal ecology from the University of Kentucky in 1990. He has published numerous research articles on amphibian ecology and conservation ecology and has served on the Board of Editors for the scientific journal Conservation Biology since 1996.

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Dr. Laura Kingsford buttonLink

Dr. Laura Kingsford is the dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) at California State University, Long Beach. After receiving her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Utah, she did postdoctoral research in molecular animal virology at the University of Virginia. Since joining the faculty at CSULB in 1980, she has served as chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for eight years and now as the dean of the college.

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Dr. Richard Pieper buttonLink

Dr. Richard Pieper has served as the director of the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI) since July 1998. SCMI is a consortium laboratory made up of the seven local California State Universities that make up the Ocean Studies Institute (OSI), the University of Southern California’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies (WIES) and Occidental College. One of his first jobs was to understand and manage the finances at SCMI. The organization has since operated each fiscal year in the black and turned around a fiscal deficit. SCMI has paid special attention to providing maintenance support for the two research vessels, and upgraded their technical abilities and physical plant. The organization has continued marine monitoring activities and its interests in the marine environment. SCMI’s primary focus will continue to be support for university research and education, focused on that of consortium members. In addition, Dr. Pieper hopes to further develop cooperative interactions within the various marine programs in Southern California, and particularly in the Los Angeles and Long Beach coastal and harbor regions.

Ms. Lynne M. Preslo, PG, CEM buttonLink

Lynne Preslo founded GeoEco, LLC 14 years ago to address fundamental environmental, water, and energy issues. GeoEco consists of two parts. The first part is the GeoEco Consulting Practice, providing practical, credible, and economic solutions for industrial clients’ environmental issues and needs, which include developing groundwater remediation and management solutions for watershed-scale programs, water rights and mitigation credits among other issues. The second part is the EarthArium Foundation, which donates a percentage of profits from GeoEco to various entities that promote cost-effective solutions and education for environmental sustainability, particularly related to water and ocean issues.

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Dr. Jerry R. Schubel buttonLink

Dr. Jerry Schubel has been president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2002. He is president and CEO Emeritus of the New England Aquarium, and from 1974 to 1994 was dean of Stony Brook University’s Marine Sciences Research Center. For three of those years he served as the University’s provost and is Distinguished Service Professor emeritus. Prior to 1974 Dr. Schubel was an adjunct professor, research scientist and associate director of The Johns Hopkins University’s Chesapeake Bay Institute. Dr. Schubel holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from Johns Hopkins University. He received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1998.

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Dr. Nancy L.C. Steele buttonLink

Dr. Nancy L.C. Steele is the executive director of the Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, a non-profit dedicated to working cooperatively to solve problems in the dual watershed of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers. The Watershed Council is a coalition of community groups, government agencies, business, and academia. Its mission is to facilitate an inclusive consensus process to preserve, restore, and enhance the economic, social, and ecological health of the Los Angeles River and San Gabriel River watershed through education, research, and planning.

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Mr. Thomas Turney buttonLink

Thomas W. Turney is an investment banker with NewCap Partners, Inc., a Los Angeles-based investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and corporate finance transactions in the greater China region. Turney has been with NewCap Partners, Inc. since its founding in 1987.

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Dr. Dallas E. Weaver buttonLink

Starting in 1973, Dr. Weaver began designing and building closed aquaculture systems with the intent of creating the technology necessary to build a business that can compete with existing Asian tropical fish producers. This business produced over 20,000,000 fish per year for the research and pet markets in highly automated recycle system (both fresh water and marine).