Rhode Island Sea Grant is pleased to announce the appointment of University of Rhode Island Professor Tracey Dalton, Ph.D., as the next director of Rhode Island Sea Grant beginning August 1.
Dr. Dalton has been a professor of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island since 2002. For the past five years, she has led the Marine Affairs program as department chair. Her research covers a variety of topics, all involving human interactions with marine and coastal environments embedded within a dynamic system.
She has conducted studies on how people think about and use coastal and ocean spaces; the social, cultural, and economic impacts of using ocean and coastal space in different ways; and participatory processes for planning and managing human interactions with these spaces.
“Tracey Dalton’s experience as a Rhode Island Sea Grant-funded researcher, social scientist, and longtime faculty member and leader of the Marine Affairs Department mean that she will bring valuable expertise to the role of director as we not only grow our research and outreach programs but also seek to engage more with diverse communities,” says Alan Desbonnet, Rhode Island Sea Grant interim director. “We’re in the midst of our biennial research competition, so this is an exciting and busy time for our program and we’re happy Tracey will be on board soon.”