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Pat Glibert elected president of international society of marine researchers

July 10, 2020

 Professor Pat Glibert has been elected by her scientific peers as the incoming President of Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).

“Being elected President of ASLO by its members is a well deserved affirmation of Pat's many contributions to this leading professional society of researchers who study both freshwater and marine waters around the world.” said Mike Roman, Director of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory.

Pat Glibert, a phytoplankton ecologist, has conducted research at UMCES’s Horn Point Laboratory since 1986. Her work ranges from the global, addressing such questions as how are nutrient loads changing with changing land use/fertilizer use practices, to the physiological, investigating such questions as how do different species of phytoplankton respond to different forms and loads of nutrients and why. 

Climate change, nutrient pollution, water quality criteria, environmental education–all are globally important issues with policy implications. It is the power of the collective voice of the thousands of international members–with diverse backgrounds and expertise– where ASLO can make a difference.

Pat Glibert

Glibert has organized and led numerous research teams and coauthored more than 140 academic publications with more than 100 collaborators. She is internationally renowned in the field of marine ecological research, particularly regarding the harmful effects of algal blooms and the effects of nutrient pollution on coastal marine ecosystems, such as the Chesapeake Bay.

“I am pleased to continue the tradition of leadership of ASLO from the Horn Point Laboratory. One of our former directors, Tom Malone, presided over ASLO in the 1990s, and one of our former graduate students, Debbie Bronk, did so about a decade ago," said Pat Glibert upon receipt of the news,  "The challenges facing ASLO, as is the case with many scientific societies, are many, including engaging all communities, re-establishing in person meetings safely following the Covid-19 pandemic, and communicating science of the highest quality.  ASLO has long invested in the next generation of scientists, with a range of early career resources and opportunities, but with the urgency of the problems facing the world’s waters, it is time for societies such as ASLO to do so with a louder voice.”