Committee and Staff Biographical Sketches
Nancy M. Targett is a professor of marine biology-biochemistry at the Graduate College of Marine Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Targett earned her Ph.D. in oceanography in 1979 from the University of Maine. Her expertise is in biological oceanography and her research focuses on marine chemical ecology/organismal interactions mediated by naturally occurring metabolites, including: plant/herbivore interactions, predator/prey interactions, detoxification of allelochemicals, chemoattraction, and biofouling. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Chemical Ecology and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow. From 1994-2000 she held an appointment to the Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council where she chaired several of their committees, and she is currently a member of the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board.
Robert E. Baier received his Ph.D. in biophysics from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo (1966). Dr. Baier is a professor and director of the Industry/University Center for Biosurfaces, at SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Baier’s research interests are in interrelationships of surface chemistries, biological particle adhesion, and hydrodynamic factors, as well as compli-
ant foul-release coatings. Dr. Baier served on an NRC Ocean Dumping review panel.
William H. Gerwick received his Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of California at San Diego (1981). Dr. Gerwick is a professor in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University. Dr. Gerwick’s research interests are the bioassay-guided isolation of novel marine natural products, emphasizing those of marine microalgae, and natural product biosynthetic processes. His research broadly focuses on the exploration of marine algae as sources of new and useful biomedicinal agents.
Darrell Jay Grimes received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Colorado State University (1971). Dr. Grimes is the dean of the College of Marine Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Grimes’ research interests are microbiology of waste disposal and environmental contaminants. Dr. Grimes is an Ocean Studies Board member. He also served on the NRC’s Committee on Climate, Ecosystems, Infectious Diseases, and Human Health.
John F. Heidelberg received his Ph.D. in marine-estuarine environmental sciences from the University of Maryland (1997). Dr. Heidelberg is an assistant investigator at the Institute for Genomic Research. Dr. Heidelberg’s research interests are genomics, aquatic microbial ecology, development of 16S rRNA probes and application of molecular techniques to the study of microbial ecology.
Shirley A. Pomponi received her Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Miami, RSMAS (1977). Dr. Pomponi is the Director of the Division of Biomedical Marine Research at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Pomponi’s research interests are on the systematics and cell biology of marine sponges. A major emphasis of her research is on the development of methods for sustainable use of marine resources for drug discovery and development. Dr. Pomponi was a member of the NRC’s Committee on the Ocean’s Role in Human Health and currently serves as vice-chair for the NRC’s Committee on Exploration of the Seas.
Roger C. Prince received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, England (1974). Dr. Prince is a scientific associate at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. Dr. Prince’s research interests are in
understanding biological oxidation-reduction processes, especially as they relate to photosynthesis, hydrocarbon degradation, and bioprocessing. Dr. Prince served on the NRC’s Committee on Opportunities for Advancement of Marine Biotechnology in the United States.
Jennifer Merrill (project director) earned a Ph.D. in marine and estuarine environmental science from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (1999). Dr. Merrill is a program officer for the NRC’s Ocean Studies Board and staffs a broad range of topical studies. Her research interests include watershed and wetland management, geochemistry, and nutrient cycling in coastal systems.
Denise Greene has 7 years of experience working for the National Academies and is currently a senior project assistant for the NRC’s Ocean Studies Board.