Russell L. Chapman is Executive Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Chapman coordinates research and education efforts among the CMBC faculty for the Scripps and broader UCSD communities. He assists with scientific and institutional policy, fund-raising and program planning, and development, including collaboration with other relevant UCSD programs, and with creating new, innovative interdisciplinary programs.
He was the founding dean of the School of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University (LSU). In that capacity he was responsible for general management and long-range planning of the academic business and research activities of the school. He created a Corporate Partners Program to generate private-sector funding for the school and created endowments for faculty, staff, and student awards. He also served as associate vice chancellor for research and economic development at LSU and was responsible for the development of interdisciplinary programs within the campus and between LSU and other institutions and the private sector.
Chapman earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Dartmouth College and a M.S. and Ph.D. in botany from the University of California, Davis. He has published widely on the ultrastructure and molecular evolution of algae and advised scores of graduate students during his distinguished scientific career. He served as the President and later as a Board of Trustees member for the Phycological Society of America, and as an Executive Council member for the International Phycological Society. He continues to serve on the editorial boards of several national and international journals.
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