The University of Alaska Fairbanks has named Terry Whitledge to a permanent position as director of the Institute of Marine Science. Whitledge will oversee 20 academic and research faculty and 50 graduate students engaged in marine biology and oceanography throughout the subarctic, Arctic and Antarctic regions.
One of Whitledge’s top priorities is to bring the nation’s first university-based ice-capable research ship to UAF. Whitledge has been instrumental in designing the Alaska Region Research Vessel and anticipates federal funding of the 98 million dollar craft this year.
Whitledge has served as interim director of the institute for the past eight months. Before that, he was a professor of chemical oceanography at the institute and an affiliate faculty member at the UAF International Arctic Research Center. He replaces Mike Castellini, who was promoted last year to associate dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.