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Lively Named Louisiana Sea Grant Executive Director

Photo: Julie A. LivelyJulie Anderson Lively has been named the new Executive Director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program (LSG). She will begin her appointment July 1.

“Since her arrival at LSU in 2010, Lively has led a wide range of Sea-Grant-related research projects supported by more than $23 million in funding for which she has been either principal or co-principal investigator,” said Sam Bentley, Louisiana State University (LSU) Vice President for the Office of Research and Economic Development. “She leads a diverse research team of extension associates, graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral researchers in a portfolio of work that blends research and extension, both core missions of Sea Grant. The search committee was deeply impressed by her central role in numerous regional and national Sea Grant panels and networks.”

Lively, an associate professor in LSU’s School of Renewable Natural Resources and LSG’s fisheries specialist, began her career at LSU in 2010. She earned her Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Delaware.

“I’m very excited to lead such a great organization and group of people,” said Lively. “Louisiana Sea Grant is not only about high-quality research; it is uniquely positioned at the integration of applied research, extension and education to solve problems for the people and communities of coastal Louisiana and beyond.”

Lively is Louisiana Sea Grant’s fourth Executive Director since the program’s establishment in 1968. She replaces Robert Twilley, professor in the LSU College of the Coast and Environment, who announced his departure from Sea Grant in December so he can concentrate on his existing research.

Louisiana Sea Grant strives to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant is part of the National Sea Grant College Program, a network of 34 university-based programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states, Puerto Rico and Guam.