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Pew Institute Announces New Staff Hires

September 17, 2005

The Pew Institute for Ocean Science is now approaching its second anniversary. Over the past two years, we have achieved great progress in the development of the program and its relationship with the University of Miami Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. This period of growth and development has also offered an opportunity to assess the administrative needs of the Pew Institute and Pew Fellows Program. Based on that experience, we have restructured our staffing to better address the administrative, programmatic, grant management, and budget management needs of the Pew Institute for Ocean Science and the Pew Fellows Program. Our new staff will be based in Miami.

Polita Glynn has been hired as the Pew Fellows Program Manager. With primary responsibility for management of the Pew Fellows Program, she will also work closely with the Institute's directors on a wide range of projects. She has over 20 years of project management experience in marine conservation, education, and media programs, working in program design, administration, and media production. She has worked for organizations including the Hoover Environmental Group, Biscayne National Park, the Marineland Dolphin Conservation Center, the Agency for International Development, and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Glynn is a graduate of Bennington College and holds a masters in Educational Administration and Planning from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Robyn O'Reilly will be the Budget Manager, with responsibility for grants, contracts, and budget management for the Pew Institute, as well as the annual grant awards for the Pew Fellows Program. She has worked for over five years with the University of Miami's Sponsored Programs office, with responsibility for negotiating and managing contracts between the University of Miami and various federal, state, local, and private agencies including NIH, NSF, NASA, ONR, NOAA, and Audubon.

In addition, through new funding received by the Pew Institute from the Lenfest Ocean Program, Dr. Vera Agostini has joined the Pew Institute as a research scientist. She recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Her dissertation title was "Climate, ecology and productivity of Pacific sardine and hake in the California Current." She will work on ecosystem based fishery management, spatial distribution of fish abundance, and assessing the status of fish populations.

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