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.
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)