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.
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."
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."
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."
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.