Shifts in Leadership for the New Academic Year at the Rosenstiel School

Three new faculty appointments; new director of marine operations announced


MIAMI- July 2, 2013 ----University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School Dean Roni Avissar announced several school-wide appointments for the new academic year. Professor Amy Clement will serve as associate dean of graduate studies, succeeding Professor Martin Grosell who was in the position since 2010. Professor Douglas Crawford will serve as chairman of the division of Marine Biology and Fisheries (MBF), taking the spot left vacant by the departure of Professor Su Sponaugle. Finally, Professor Kenny Broad, who is currently the Director of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy will take on the additional role of chairman of the division of Marine Affairs & Policy (MAF).

In his announcement, Avissar stated: “Dr. Grosell provided an exemplary service to the School as associate dean of graduate studies, doubling the pool of applicants, significantly improving the conditions offered to our graduate students, reducing the time it takes for students to complete their Ph.D., and increasing the average GRE of our PhD students by about 150 points. These are exceptional accomplishments, and Dr. Clement is the ideal candidate to continue improving the quality of our Ph.D. programs, which are key to the school’s future. While we were sad to see Dr. Sponaugle depart, I am pleased that Dr. Crawford has stepped into the position with enthusiasm and motivation to lead MBF. Last but not least, Dr. Broad’s proven leadership skills will be greatly needed in leading the MAF Division during this critical rebuilding period following the retirement of two faculty members and the possible reorganization of the School into departments. I am truly delighted that all three are joining the Rosenstiel School’s leadership team.”

Clement, an award-winning professor of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography has been with UM since 2001. She will oversee the graduate program at the Rosenstiel School, which consists of more than 200 Masters and PhD students. Clement’s research and leadership has provided new insights into how the climate system operates by studying climate changes that have occurred in the past. She was awarded the American Geophysical Union’s 2007 James B. Macelwane Medal, and the same year won the American Meteorological Society’s Meisinger Award. She earned her bachelor's degree in physics from Columbia College at Columbia University, and doctoral degree in geological sciences also from Columbia University. Her research in recent years has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Crawford, who heads up the Marine Genomics Laboratory at the Rosenstiel School uses genomic approaches to address questions about conservation, evolution, population dynamic and how marine animals adapt to climate change. His research has been published in Science, Nature, Nature Genetics and Proceeding of the National Academy of Science detailing the importance of altered gene expression and DNA sequence variation that affects cardiac metabolism. A faculty member at UM for more than seven years, Crawford’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Broad is an environmental anthropologist who studies the use and misuse of scientific information, focusing on issues of human perception related to hazards, climate, and ecosystem based management. He has numerous publications in a range of fields and is a former member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board and Associate editor for Climate, Weather and Society. He is a professor UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, is Director of UM’s Abess Center, and also Co-Directs the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University, where he received his PhD in 1999. In 2011 Broad received the National Geographic Explorer of the Year award with the late Wes Skiles. Other awards include the 2006 Emerging Explorer Award and he was elected a Fellow National of the Explorers Club in 2009. Kenny is a member of the National Geographic Society Expedition Council Advisory Board.

In addition to these faculty appointments, the School has also hired a new director of marine operations, NOAA Rear Admiral (ret.) Richard Behn. A 28-year veteran of NOAA’s Commissioned Corps, he will oversee the fleet of research vessels owned and operated by UM, as well as the scientific diving program.

About the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940's, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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