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New GLERL Director

United States Department of Commerce

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

									   	NOAA 97-R505
Contact: Dane Konop
	 (301) 713-2483

	 Michael Quigley
	 (313) 741-2149


	Stephen B. Brandt, a scientist, educator and science administrator, is the
new director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great
Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich.

	The laboratory, with a staff of 60 scientists and support staff and a
5.2-million dollar annual budget, conducts research into the sources,
pathways, fates and effects of toxicants in the Great Lakes, natural hazards
such as severe waves, storm surges and ice, Great Lakes hydrology and water
levels, the regional effects of global change, and ecosystems and their
interactions, including research into the causes, effects and techniques for
ameliorating the impact of invasive aquatic species such as the zebra mussel.

	"Brandt is uniquely qualified to head NOAA's Great Lakes lab because of
NOAA's mission to understand the environments of both the oceans and Great
Lakes, coupled with his experience as an administrator and scientist whose
research specialty is the ecology and management of both marine and
freshwater systems.  He is also a former NOAA Sea Grant scholar and
professor, so we're really just welcoming him back to NOAA," said James
Rasmussen, director of NOAA's nationwide Environmental Research Laboratories.

	Brandt had been director of the Great Lakes Center for Environmental
Research and Education at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY where he was
also a professor of biology. 

		He also has been a professor at the College of Environmental Science and
Forestry at the State University of New York at Syracuse, a professor at the
University of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Md.,
and a senior research scientist with the Division of Fisheries Research for
the Commonwealth Marine Laboratories in Cronulla, Australia.

	Brandt earned a bachelor's degree in zoology and mathematics and a master's
and Ph.D. in oceanography and limnology from the University of Wisconsin.

	The author of nearly 100 scientific papers and articles, Brandt is the
president-elect of the Northeastern Association of Marine and Great Lakes
Laboratories and serves on the Board of Directors of the National
Association of Marine Laboratories.  He is also the past president of the
International Association for Great Lakes Research and is currently a member
on the International Joint Commission's Science Advisory Board as well as
the IJC Council of Great Lakes Research Managers.


For more information about NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research
Laboratory, visit its World Wide Web site at http://www.glerl.noaa.gov.

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        Mike Quigley                             
        Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab
        National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
        U.S. Department of Commerce   
        2205 Commonwealth Blvd.                  
        Ann Arbor, MI 48105                       
        TEL:   (313) 741-2149                    
        FAX:   (313) 741-2003                    
        Internet: Michael.A.Quigley@noaa.gov