Delaware Sea Grant appointment
Jim Falk has been appointed acting director of Delaware Sea Grant (DESG) effective April 1, as current DESG Director Nancy Targett prepares to lead the University of Delaware as interim president effective July 1. Since 2009, Falk has served as associate director of Delaware Sea Grant.
Falk began his career serving as a marine recreation and tourism specialist for DESG’s Marine Advisory Service (MAS) for 21 years, conducting numerous applied research projects directed at understanding peoples’ attitudes, behaviors, and opinions about outdoor recreation, tourism, and natural resource issues. In 1999, he was appointed director of the MAS program, to coordinate the activities of outreach specialists who deliver science-based educational programs on marine issues throughout the state and region. Falk received his master’s degree in recreation and resource development from Texas A&M University and bachelor’s degree in history from Texas Tech University.
The University of Delaware was designated as the nation’s ninth Sea Grant College in 1976 to promote the wise use, conservation and management of marine and coastal resources through high-quality research, education and outreach activities that serve the public and the environment. UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment administers the program, which conducts research in priority areas ranging from aquaculture to coastal hazards.
This original article was posted on April 10, 2015 on UDaily.