Hitchcock Named New Director of Undergrad Marine and Atmospheric Science Program

Gary Hitchcock

MIAMI — August 9, 2011 — Professor Gary Hitchcock of the University of Miami (UM) has been appointed the new director of the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science’s popular Marine & Atmospheric Science (MSC) Program. 
Hitchcock previously served as co-chair of the Rosenstiel School’s renowned Marine Biology and Fisheries division.

Hitchcock joined the faculty of the Rosenstiel School in 1990, and studies plankton dynamics and productivity, in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. As an investigator in the UM Oceans and Human Health Center, Hitchcock’s studies focus on the ecology of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, and the factors that effect the persistence of its toxins in coastal marine ecosystems. Hitchcock is active teaching undergraduate courses, including laboratories and field programs for the Rosenstiel School. For four years he and his family lived on the University’s Coral Gables campus at Stanford Residential College at UM, where he served as associate resident master.

Prior to joining UM he was a faculty member at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center, conducting research on plankton ecology and ocean productivity. During his tenure there he undertook a series of collaborative studies with physical oceanographers to examine the role of physical processes on plankton dynamics in the western Atlantic Ocean and Arabian Sea. From 1987 to 1992 Hitchcock served at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorology Laboratory as a program manager for the Nutrient Enhanced Coastal Ocean Productivity Study, evaluating the contribution of nutrients from the Mississippi River watershed on the coastal ecosystem of the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Hitchcock received a BS Honors degree in Biology, with a specialization in ecology and systematics, from Cornell University in 1970. He completed graduate studies at the University of Rhode Island in the Graduate School of Oceanography. His MS and PhD degrees were completed in 1973 and 1978, respectively, on the ecology of phytoplankton, the single-celled plants of the sea. Hitchcock is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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