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Gunderson Named Minnesota Sea Grant Director

DULUTH—Jeffrey L. Gunderson was named Director of Minnesota Sea Grant by the University of Minnesota Duluth last week, replacing Dr. Stephen Bortone, who left in May.

A fisheries and aquaculture extension educator for 30 years, Gunderson has served as Interim Director for the third time in his career with Minnesota Sea Grant. He has also served as Associate Director of Minnesota Sea Grant since 1995. In that capacity, Gunderson was responsible for outreach coordination, implementation and evaluation, and as Interim Director he oversaw program operations.

"I have been fortunate to have worked with dedicated, passionate people throughout my years at Sea Grant. I look forward to continuing to advance the Sea Grant program by staying true to our original mission of research, outreach, and education while adapting to changing ways of getting our work done; I am thrilled to be able to continue to work with the people of Sea Grant, our partners, and the people we serve in this new capacity," Gunderson said.

In 2004, he led an effort to work with diverse groups aimed at solving the harbor corrosion issue, bringing together business, industry, government, and academia to address an emerging issue.

Over the past decade, he co-led an effort to develop a highly successful program to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species. More recently, Gunderson was chosen chair-elect of the national Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders last year, which facilitates interaction among all the Sea Grant extension programs and the rest of the Sea Grant network.

He holds a bachelor of science (Biology) and a master of science (Fisheries) from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Minnesota Sea Grant's programs combine research with education and outreach regarding Lake Superior and Minnesota's other water resources. It is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In 2010, Minnesota Sea Grant will celebrate 35 years of service to the people of Minnesota who rely on the state's aquatic resources.

Posted on December 8, 2009

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