“This is an exciting time for the future of SFOS,” said Moran. “The changes occurring in
Alaska’s waters, ecosystems and the broader arctic region present important economic,
natural resource and policy challenges that bear not only on Alaska but on our nation and
the international community. The world-class research, education and community
outreach programs at SFOS are a valuable resource to inform decision-makers on ways to
best address arctic change.”
Moran will lead one of the most geographically and academically diverse units in the
University of Alaska system. “Through collaboration and a team approach, I look
forward to helping SFOS grow its reputation for excellence in research, education and
community engagement, and the management of large research infrastructure,
exemplified by the global-class research vessel Sikuliaq.”
Born and raised in Canada, Moran is also eager to explore both Fairbanks and the state.
“I’m really looking forward to the great cross country skiing right outside my office, as
well fishing and cycling, and I hope to lace up my skates with a local pick-up hockey
game—I hear that is popular in Fairbanks,” he said.
Moran has a PhD in oceanography from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
and a BSc in chemistry from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. His extensive
professional background spans academic research and teaching, administration and
policy. Moran was a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island (URI)
for 22 years. He specialized in biogeochemistry, geochemical tracers and polar processes.
In addition, he served as assistant vice president for research administration at URI,
program director in the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation,
assistant director of ocean sciences in the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy, and acting director of the National Ocean Council for the Obama Administration.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Moran to SFOS.