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New York Sea Grant Director
Rebecca L. Shuford, Ph.D.


Ithaca, N.Y.; June 30, 2019. The New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Board of Governors and Stony Brook University Provost Michael Bernstein have announced the appointment of Rebecca L. "Becky" Shuford, Ph.D., as Director of the NYSG Institute as of June 17, 2019. Becky is a New York native, originally from Brooklyn, with a life-long love for NY's coastal ecosystems and communities.

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY). It is one of 33 university-based programs under the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, and one of the largest Sea Grants in the U.S. NYSG maintains Great Lakes offices at Wayne County Cooperative Extension in Newark, and at SUNY Oswego and SUNY Buffalo.

"The opportunity to serve as Director of New York Sea Grant is truly a homecoming for me," said Shuford. "I am eager to meet, learn from and work with all of our coastal partners, constituencies, and communities statewide, and within each of New York's coastal ecosystems, including the Great Lakes, Hudson River Estuary, Long Island Sound, and Atlantic Ocean, on topics of mutual interest and importance, and to to collectively bring 'Science to the Shore.'"

Prior to appointment as Director of NYSG, Becky worked fro the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Silver Spring, MD, where she managed a portfolio of challenging, high-profile programs focused on the science, management, conservation, and sustainable use of trust coastal and marine resources. This included developing and directing NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment program and leading NOAA's Large Marine Ecosystem program.

Her career history also includes earning the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship and serving as a Foreign Affairs Fellow in the Office of International Affairs for NOAA Fisheries, as well as serving as a Research Assistant Professor and fisheries oceanographer with the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing System based at the University of South Carolina, and as an oceanographer with NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System Program.

Becky will be based at Stony Brook, NY. She takes on the NYSG Director role following interim service by Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Ph.D, J.D., from June 2018 to June 2019. Bunting-Howarth will continue as Associate Director with NYSG and as Assistant Director with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, NY.

"The New York Sea Grant team is thrilled to have Dr. Shuford take the helm. Her background and expertise will enhance our programming and strengthen our ability to provide our stakeholders with relevant and timely programming and research," said Bunting-Howarth, based at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

NYSG also has offices in the State's marine district at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in New York City, and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

Through NYSG's Extension efforts, science-based information developed by university scientists and aquatic science specialists is delivered to coastal user groups, including businesses and industries; federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers; educators; media; and the public. For updates on Sea Grant activities:
www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. 


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