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Jennifer Merrill

Research Manager

Research Coordinator, Delaware Sea Grant College Program

Delaware Coordinator, Maryland Delaware Climate Change Education Assessment Research (MADE CLEAR)

Chief Diversity Advocate, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

As Research Coordinator of Delaware Sea Grant I participate on the Delaware Management Team, providing assistance and oversight of research competitions and reporting requirements, as well as strategic planning for the program.  As the Delaware Coordinator for the MADE CLEAR project, I maintain communications between higher education, K-12, and informal education partners in Delaware, and facilitate project-wide activities with Maryland staff. Previously, as a Senior Program Officer at the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council of the National Academies I managed Congressionally-mandated and agency requests for projects involving national and international committees. Committee members included internationally-recognized engineers, scientists, policy makers, and consultants on topics that included  marine natural products, deep sea ocean exploration, marine mammals and underwater acoustics, and fossil fuels in marine environments (oil and methane hydrates). Prior to the National Research Council I worked with the Maryland Sea Grant College Program, served as a Knauss Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill, lectured at University of Maryland College Park, and completed my doctorate at University of Maryland studying geochemistry in tidal marshes of Maryland and New York.



Ph.D., Marine and Estuarine Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences, 1999

B.S., Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry, 1993


Professional Experience

National Sea Grant Research Coordinators Network, 2011-present

University of Delaware Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Community Engagement Classification Task Force, 2013-present

Senior Program Officer, National Research Council, Ocean Studies Board, 2000-2005

         National Research Council Projects Managed

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U.S. Staff representative, International Scientific Committee on Ocean Research, 2001-2005

Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, Office of Senator Carl Levin, 1999

Lecturer, University of Maryland College Park, 2000

Research Associate, Maryland Sea Grant College Program, 2000

Graduate Fellow, Hudson River Foundation

Graduate Fellow, Maryland National Estuarine Research Reserve

Graduate Research Associate, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland



Additional Activities

President, Friends of the Duck Creek Regional Library, 2009-2012

Founding Board Member, Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library, 2008-current


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography: 302-831-2294 • Geology: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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