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Thoughts From the Director

Carl Richards - headshot.

I’d like to introduce myself to you the supporters, colleagues, and collaborators of the Minnesota Sea Grant College Program. I’m excited about interacting with the talented people and the large array of valuable high-quality programs at Minnesota Sea Grant.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a 10-year employee of the University of Minnesota, formerly with the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth. By training I’m an aquatic ecologist and I’ve worked with a variety of basic and applied research programs concerning streams, lakes, and watersheds.

Similar to the last several Minnesota Sea Grant directors, I have broad interests in the aquatic sciences as well as the social and economic aspects of our society that govern the use of aquatic resources. To me, the interplay of research and outreach efforts along these lines is the most intriguing aspect of Sea Grant both on the national and regional scale. I’m sincerely looking forward to the professional opportunity to maintain the vitality of Sea Grant at the University of Minnesota and the personal opportunity to interact with people who make Sea Grant what it is.

As part of my introduction, I’d like to invite you to participate in shaping the Minnesota Sea Grant programs of the future. We are currently in the planning phases of our next omnibus proposal. This proposal encompasses all of the core programs including research and outreach for the next four years. As part of this planning process, we are actively seeking and providing opportunities for input about the future directions of these programs.

One aspect of this planning effort is to develop “theme” areas that will help focus Minnesota Sea Grant research. We are seeking input from researchers and other members of the Sea Grant community as we develop these theme areas.

Next spring we will conduct a similar effort with respect to our outreach programs. We always value your comments about our efforts, however, the installation of a new director (myself) and the initiation of a new omnibus cycle makes this a particularly opportune time. Although we will be providing some formal means for providing input, please feel to call, write, e-mail, or throw messages tied to stones at me anytime you wish.

We can only improve an already good Sea Grant organization by staying in touch with you, the users.

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Carl Richards
Minnesota Sea Grant Director

By Carl Richards
November 1999

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