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Florida Atlantic University Names Anton Post Executive Director For Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

A new executive director is set to take the helm at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. 

On Thursday, FAU announced it has chosen Anton Post, Ph.D., to serve as the new executive director at its Fort Pierce-based research center. Post currently serves as the executive director for the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography.

Post’s new duties will include “developing and implementing programs that build on the success of all marine and environmental research at FAU,” according to a statement from the university. 

Under Post's leadership the institute is expected to focus more on coastal-marine issues relevant to South Florida said Dan Flynn, Ph.D., FAU's vice president of research.

He brings with him a breadth of knowledge and experience, including: 
•    A doctorate in microbiology, Master of Science in aquatic microbial ecology and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Amsterdam. 
•    More than two decades of teaching experience that began when he was a graduate student in the Netherlands. He went on to teach at Hebrew University for 20 years, and later was named executive director for the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography. 
•   120 peer-reviewed publications.
•   Various fellowships, honors and awards, including the Gruss-Lipper Fellowship at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He was also named visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
•   Experience as a program director in the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation. 

FAU’s Oceanographic Institute specializes in engineering, exploration, research and conservation of coral, marine mammals and fish; marine drug discovery; coastal ecology and observation, ocean optics, dynamics and modeling; and aquaculture culture and marine science education. The site, which is comprised of 32 buildings and 200 faculty and staff members, has been a part of FAU since 2007.

A search committee made up of faculty and staff from Harbor Branch and FAU interviewed the final three candidates for the position, but ultimately chose Post.

“Post’s experience is impressive, as is his grasp of the need for collaboration in research. He will be a fantastic addition to the environmental and ocean science research team, leading the efforts and working with our roster of esteemed scientists,” said Dan Flynn, Ph.D., FAU’s vice president of research. 

Post will replace Megan Davis, Ph.D., who has served as the interim director for the past three years. His appointment is effective January 2017.

(Photo via Facebook FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute)