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Kathryn Coyne named director of Delaware Sea Grant, assumes post April 1

University of Delaware associate professor Kathryn Coyne has been appointed director of Delaware Sea Grant (DESG) effective April 1, announced Estella Atekwana, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. An associate professor of marine biosciences in the School of Marine Science and Policy, Coyne has had a long-standing relationship with the program as a Delaware Sea Grant-funded researcher. Her research is broadly focused on the molecular and biochemical ecology of coastal phytoplankton populations, with an emphasis on harmful algal bloom species.

“Kathy is a high-caliber researcher who has played an active role in the professional community surrounding her specialty and has long been engaged with our Sea Grant program as a principal investigator,” Atekwana said. “I look forward to Kathy bringing the same enthusiasm and expertise to her new role as director of Delaware Sea Grant as we work to develop relationships across the state's other institutions of higher education.”