President Dr. Donald Boesch

Dr. Donald Boesch is a Professor of Marine Science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, a part of the twelve-institution University System of Maryland. It conducts comprehensive research, trains graduate students, contributes to public education, and advises public agencies and others on environmental and natural resource management from its five research units distributed across the state: Appalachian Laboratory, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Horn Point Laboratory, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology and the Maryland Sea Grant College.

From June 2002 through October 2003, Dr. Boesch also served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the University System of Maryland. In 2008, Dr. Boesch was given the additional responsibility of Vice Chancellor for Environmental Sustainability to lead the University System's Environmental Sustainability Initiative.

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Boesch received his B.S. from Tulane University and Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary. He was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland and subsequently served on the faculty of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. In 1980 he became the first Executive Director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, where he was also a Professor of Marine Science at Louisiana State University. He assumed his present position in Maryland in 1990.

Dr. Boesch is a biological oceanographer who has conducted research in coastal and continental shelf environments along the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, eastern Australia and the East China Sea. He has published two books and more than 90 papers on marine benthos, estuaries, wetlands, continental shelves, oil pollution, nutrient over-enrichment, environmental assessment and monitoring and science policy. Presently, his research focuses on the use of science in ecosystem management.

Dr. Boesch is active in extending knowledge to environmental and resource management at regional, national and international levels. He has served as science advisor to many state and federal agencies and regional, national and international programs. He has chaired numerous of committees and scientific assessment teams that have produced reports on a wide variety of coastal environmental and climate change issues.

Dr. Boesch received the Outdoors Maryland Award for Stewardship of the Environment from Maryland Public Television for 2010. He was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling and served on the National Research Council's Committee that produced the report America's Climate Choices. He recently served as the Chair of the NRC's Ocean Studies Board.

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Scientific Assessments
Coastal Louisiana
Florida Bay
Gulf Hypoxia
Climate Change
Ocean Pollution
Columbia River Dredging
Eutrophication in Sweden

Advisory Boards
National Research Council
Chesapeake Bay Region
Ocean Research Advisory Panel
BONUS: Baltic Science
Maryland Climate Change Commission
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Town Creek Foundation
National Commission on the BP Oil Spill

Recent Publications

President's Award for Excellence in Application of Science

Recent Presentations

Louisiana Lecture Presentation on the Oil Spill Commission