In June, UNH added the R/V Gulf Surveyor, a 48-foot aluminum vessel with the capability to deploy sophisticated multi-beam echo sounders, to its research fleet. The vessel will help researchers map the coastal seafloor and better understand the ocean environment while providing training in the latest oceanographic practices.
• President Barack Obama named School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE) director Larry Mayer to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
• SMSOE associate director of research Jennifer Miksis-Olds, a marine acoustician, was tapped to lead a multimillion-dollar federal contract to establish the Atlantic Deepwater Ecosystem Observatory Network.
• Jon Pennock, director of New Hampshire Sea Grant for a decade and SMSOE deputy director, was named director of NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program.