University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Dr. Bill Dennison

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Dr. Bill Dennison, Interim President

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Interim President Bill Dennison

Dr. Bill Dennison is a Professor of Marine Science and Interim President for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Since 2003, has served as Vice President for Science Application and led the Integration and Application Network (IAN), charged to inspire, manage and produce timely syntheses and assessments on key environmental issues with a special emphasis on Chesapeake Bay and its waters. He has published hundreds of papers and books on coastal ecosystem ecology and has presented at  international, national, and regional meetings, and at various universities, research institutions, and government agencies. He was a research assistant professor at UMCES’ Horn Point Laboratory from 1987-1992 before spending 10 years at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where he developed an active Marine Botany group with strong links to the Healthy Waterways Campaign for Moreton Bay. He rejoined UMCES in 2002 to develop the Integration and Application Network. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Chicago, a post-doc in coastal marine science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, an M.S. in biological oceanography from the University of Alaska, and a B.A. in environmental science from Western Michigan University.