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GCRL to Host Dr. Bill Hogarth, Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography

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The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, along with Dr. D. Jay and Beverly Grimes, will be hosting a free seminar by Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education. This will be the sixth presentation in the Grimes Distinguished Lecture Series.

FIO is a consortium of some 27scientific and educational institutions from throughout Florida that collaborate their efforts to maximize marine research and education resources. The University of South Florida is the host institution on its St. Petersburg campus, and Hogarth has been director since January 2011.

Among other appointments in his distinguished career, Hogarth was appointed by Governor Christ to serve on the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Board (GoMRI), which serves to oversee the $500 million in funds which BP has committed over the next 10 years to investigate the impacts of the oil effects on the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico during and after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Prior to his association with USF, Hogarth served as the Assistant Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Richmond in Virginia and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.

Grimes, professor of Marine Microbiology in the Department of Coastal Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and his wife, Beverly, have been hosting these lectures, which feature top scientists in their prospective fields since 2007. Grimes noted that he is honored to have top scientists visit the GCRL, talk with students and research scientists and present their research and service experiences to the scientific community.

There will be a reception immediately following the lecture.