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Released June 21, 2004


STENNIS SPACE CENTER -- Dr. Steven Lohrenz, veteran professor of marine science with The University of Southern Mississippi, has accepted the position of chair of the Department of Marine Science at Stennis Space Center. On July 1, Lohrenz will step into his new position in the department in which he has taught for more than 18 years.

"My predecessors have been successful in building this program to world-class status," he said. "I will strive to continue their legacy of fostering the success and growth of our program. A key to this will be to maintain our strong partnerships with other regional agencies and institutions, and to develop new relationships."

Lohrenz received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Oregon in Eugene. A graduate of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass., with a doctorate in biological oceanography, Lohrenz specializes in the areas of marine phytoplankton, remote sensing, optics, and research into the identification and tracking of harmful algal blooms, commonly called "red tide."

Looking to the future of the Department of Marine Science, Lohrenz is optimistic about the excellent team assembled at Stennis. "We are fortunate to have an extremely talented and internationally recognized faculty at the heart of our program," he said. "I am also excited about our plans to bring in new faculty to enhance our existing strengths and expand into new areas."

The Southern Miss Department of Marine Science is strategically located at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., home to the world's largest population of oceanographers and hydrographers. The department offers both master's and doctoral degrees in marine science and a master's degree in hydrographic science.


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