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Dick Dodge

Dean Emeritus & Professor Emeritus, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences & the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center

Dr. Richard E. Dodge is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at the Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center.

NSU is one of the largest private not-for-profit university in the nation. The Halmos College is one of 16 academic Colleges of NSU. Dodge is also Executive Director of the Center’s National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI), funded through NOAA and other sources, and devoted to providing management research outcomes on reef monitoring, assessment, and restoration.

Dodge received the B.A. degree in from Univ. of Maine in 1969 and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University in 1973 and 1978. He is a recognized authority on coral reef ecosystems having conducted research throughout the Caribbean and elsewhere (Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Barbados, Turks & Caicos, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Panama, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome & Principe, Gulf of Guinea, Mexico, Cuba, and Florida). Dodge has held grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, US Geological Survey, U.S. Navy, Florida Sea Grant, NOAA, EPA, South Florida Water Management District, Marine Spill Response Corporation, MMS, Office of Naval Research, State of Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Commission, Broward Co, and the US Department of Justice.

He is the author of many publications in the scientific literature and various technical reports. His expertise is on the effects of natural and man-induced impacts to coral reefs and in assessing and analyzing effects from physical damage and pollution on coral reefs. This includes experience with effects to coral reef environments of sedimentation, military use, ship groundings, coastal construction, hydrocarbon pollution, and LNG development. His experience includes economic analysis as well as use and development of HEA (Habitat Equivalency Analysis), including for mitigation determination.

Dodge has been a board member of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF). He is past Editor of the international scientific journal Coral Reefs. He has served as a member of the Scientific Review Board of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to oversee a Minerals Management Service contract on oil spill effects to coral reefs. Dodge is a former member of the coral advisory committee for the Southeast Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council. Dodge was Chair of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (largest coral reef conference in the world), held July, 2008 in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Dodge was elected and is now past Chair of SECOORA (Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association) composed of ocean stakeholders from Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. He has been appointed by the Governor of Florida to be a member of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Research Board, responsible for awarding $500M for oil spill research. He was the lead PI on a $15M grant from the Dept. of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for new research facility construction at NSUOC. He was appointed by NOAA and has served to provide advice on the RESTORE Act program. He currently serves as elected Treasurer of the Florida Ocean Alliance, is a member of the Port Everglades Action Team (PEAT), and is on the Executive Committee (Chair of the Environmental Committee) of the Port Everglades Association (PEA).

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