History

1960–1980’s

SCUBA Helps Scientists 1960

When SCUBA replaced the diving helmets of the forties, IMS scientists found a new freedom to make direct observations of the complex coral reef environment. Dr. Richard Robins directed a NSF study of the feeding behavior of the Florida's coral reef fishes that involved day and night diving by three Ph.D. candidates, Walter Starck, Henry Feddern, and Bill Davis.


Campus Expansion 1961

After almost twenty years, the UMML was progressing in every respect so the University reorganized it in 1961 as the Institute of Marine Science with three academic and research divisions. In the mid-sixties, the Virginia Key campus looked like this with the new controlled environment building (Glassell Laboratory) and its pens for sharks on the waterfront, and the physical sciences wing (Grosvenor North) completed. A temporary building housed some offices until the hoped-for Marine Science Center could be built.


IMS Renamed to the Dorothy and Lewis Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) 1969

The Institute of Marine Science was formed into a school in 1969, and named the Dorothy and Lewis Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) in recognition of a major gift from the Rosenstiel Foundation. At the commissioning of R/V CALANUS in 1970, Lewis Rosenstiel (wearing hat) joined Dean and Mrs. Smith on the dock for the ceremony.


Commandant Jacques-Yves Cousteau helps dedicate the Marine Science Center 1971

The $2.1 million Henry L. Doherty Marine Science Center was formally dedicated on February 26, 1971. Commandant Jacques-Yves Cousteau, director of the Institut Oceánographique in Monaco, was one of the guest speakers. Seated with Commandant Cousteau on the platform were Dean F.G. Walton Smith (left) and UM President Henry King Stanford.


New Reefs Unvcovered 1970-1973

UM scientists discover a new class of reefs in Bermuda that are constructed by coralline algae and sessile gastropods and rapidly thoroughly lithified by precipitation of calcium carbonate from sea water.


Warren S. Wooster named Dean of the Rosenstiel School 1973


William W. Hay named Dean of the Rosenstiel School 1976

Dr. William W. Hay directs the groundbreaking for a wing added to the Marine Science Center for the new UM - NOAA Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS).


Warren J. Wisby named Dean of the Rosenstiel School 1980


Alan Berman named Dean of the Rosenstiel School 1982


Science and Administration building commissioned 1982

Dr. Alan Berman, assumed the post of Dean of RSMAS in 1982. Here he checks the progress of the construction of the Science and Administration Building.


Christopher Harrison named Interim Dean of the Rosenstiel School 1987


Bruce R. Rosendahl named Dean of the Rosenstiel School 1989