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Castellini to Lead School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2011


Fairbanks, Alaska—Michael Castellini has been selected as the dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Castellini has served as interim dean since last June. His official start date as dean is March 13.

Supporting research and professional service in fisheries and marine science across Alaska will be an integral part of his work for the school, he said. “SFOS has a strong mission of teaching, research and service, and because of our facilities throughout the state, we can readily work on a broad and diverse range of topics relevant to the state of Alaska”

A marine biologist who specializes in marine mammal physiology, Castellini has been a faculty member at SFOS for 22 years. He has published more than 100 scientific journal articles and book chapters, served on more than 40 graduate student committees and participated in more than 20 scientific field expeditions on land, sea and ice. He has served in a variety of administrative roles including scientific director of the Alaska SeaLife Center, the director of the Institute of Marine Science, director of the Coastal Marine Institute and the associate dean of SFOS. He has also been active in public outreach throughout his career. Castellini holds a doctorate in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

“I’m looking forward to this role within the school and to working with the faculty, staff and students as we explore new ideas, share discoveries and help create and motivate the next generation of SFOS students and scientists,” he said.

About the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
The UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences conducts world-class marine and fisheries research, education and outreach across Alaska, the Arctic and Antarctic. 60 faculty scientists and 150 students are engaged in building knowledge about Alaska and the world's coastal and marine ecosystems. SFOS is headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and serves the state from facilities located in Seward, Juneau, Anchorage and Kodiak.

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