The University Record, April 15, 1997

Moll to head Sea Grant program

Russell A. Moll, an experienced Great Lakes scientist and administrator, has been appointed director of the Michigan Sea Grant College Program.

Michigan Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the U-M and Michigan State University. It is one of 29 programs nationwide dedicated to greater understanding, utilization and stewardship of Great Lakes and ocean resources.

"As director, I hope to further invigorate the Michigan Sea Grant College Program," Moll says. "I want to increase overall financial support for the program and capitalize on the diverse abilities of our talented staff."

Moll has traveled, studied and published extensively on the Great Lakes, nearshore marine environments, and temperate and tropical rivers during 20 years as a researcher at the U-M. His primary research interests are phytoplankton biology and bio statistics. (Phytoplankton are minute water-dwelling plants at the base of aquatic food chains.)

He served as Michigan Sea Grant's assistant director from 1985 to 1993, and was director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research in Ann Arbor 1989-1994, overseeing its ra pid growth to more than 70 affiliated scientists. Most recently, Moll served for two years as associate program director for the Biological Oceanography Program of the National Science Foundation.

Moll's work has taken him to The Gambia in West Africa, where he managed a research team that analyzed the effects on the country's irrigation system of damming the Gambia River.