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Nancy Targett

Interim President and Professor

Dr. Targett is Acting President of the University of Delaware, effective July 1, 2015, until a new president is seated. Dr. Mohsen Badiey will serve as Acting Dean of CEOE during that period.


Dr. Nancy Targett is the Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware, and Director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program. She completed her Ph.D. in Oceanography at the University of Maine with a specialization in marine chemical ecology. She has served on the Ocean Studies Board at the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, and the Consortium on Ocean Leadership. She was selected as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Professional Activities

Ocean Leadership Trustee (2007-2009, 2010-2013, Chair 2010-2013); OSER08, OSER10 Steering Committee (Chair 2008);  Executive Committee (2008-2009, 2010-2013); Education Subcommittee (Chair 2008-2009); Audit Committee (Chair 2008-2009).

Sea Grant Association (2007-present) — Treasurer (2013-2015); At Large Board Member (2008-2010); Secretary (2007-2008).

Director, First State Marine Wind (2010-present)—Joint Venture between UD and Gamesa Technologies, Inc. 

State of Delaware, Climate Vulnerability Taskforce (2012-2013).

International Society of Chemical Ecology (1986-present)  —  JCE Associate Editor (2000-2003); Editorial Board (1988-2000, 2004-2011); Councilor (1995-1998); Student Awards Committee (1992-1994); Secretary and Newsletter Editor (1987-1990).

National Research Council Ocean Studies Board (2001-2003) — Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy (2006-2007, co-Chair), Non-Native Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay (2002-2003), Marine Biotechnology (2001-2002, Chair).

National Academy of Sciences — National Associate (2002-present).

Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow (1999-2000 cohort).

Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (1994-2000) — (Habitat Committee, Vice Chair 1994-1996; Surf Clams and Ocean Quahog Committee, Chair 1995-2000; Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Committee, Vice Chair 1995-1999, Chair 1999-2000; Science and Statistical Committee, Chair 1995-2000; I&E Committee 1994-1995, 1997-1998; Comprehensive Management Committee 1995-2000).


  • B.S., Chemistry and Biology, University of Pittsburgh, 1972.
  • M.S., Marine Science, University of Miami, 1975.
  • Ph.D., Oceanography, University of Maine, 1979.

Research Interests (Click to view more)

Marine chemical ecology/organismal interactions mediated by naturally occurring metabolites, including: plant/herbivore interactions, predator/prey interactions, detoxification of allelochemicals, chemoattraction, biofouling.

Former Students (Click to view)

Horseshoe Crabs and Artificial Bait
horseshoe crab

We are working to identify chemoattractants in horseshoe crabs and produce an artificial bait, reducing the reliance on horseshoe crabs in the eel and conch fisheries.

Delaware Sea Grant
Delaware Sea Grant logo

Delaware Sea Grant promotes the wise use, conservation, and management of marine and coastal resources through high-quality research, education, and outreach activities.


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

Nancy Targett Publications

Dr. Nancy Targett has published articles in a variety of marine and chemical journals. Click here for a list of selected publications.


• Marine Ecology• Marine Chemistry• Ocean Governance• Water & Society• Coastal-Zone Management• Environmental Interactions


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 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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