NRL's Dr. Eric Hartwig Assumes Position as President of the Oceanography Society

8/23/2002 - 46-02r
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Dr. Eric Hartwig, Associate Director of the Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C., assumed the position of President of The Oceanography Society in August 2002 for a two-year term. Dr. Hartwig was elected to the position of President-Elect of The Oceanography Society (TOS) in July 2000.

The Oceanography Society was founded in 1988 and has 1,400 international members representing more than 40 countries. Its goals are to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its applications through research and education, to promote communication among oceanographers, and to provide a constituency for consensus-building across all the disciplines of the field. The society is dedicated to a multidisciplinary view of oceanography through its activities and publications. TOS aims to link and support all the ocean sciences and related technologies.

Dr. Hartwig joined NRL in October 1992 as the Laboratory's Associate Director of Research for Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology. In this position, he is responsible for research in the fields of acoustics, remote sensing, oceanography, marine geosciences, marine meteorology, and space science. He also served as NRL's Acting Director of Research from October 2001 through May 2002, where he was responsible for the Laboratory's technical program, its planning, conduct, and staffing; evaluation of the technical competence of personnel, liaison with the scientific community, selection of subordinate technical personnel; exchange of technical information; and the effective execution of the NRL research mission.

Dr. Hartwig was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 22, 1946. He obtained his B.S. degree in biological sciences form the University of Texas at El Paso in 1968 and his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1974. After completing his graduate studies, Dr. Hartwig held research positions at the Scottish Marine Biological Association, the Chesapeake Bay Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Marine Ecological Consultants, and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

Following this, Dr. Hartwig joined the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 1982 as a scientific officer in the Oceanic Chemistry/Biology Program. When the program split into an Oceanic Chemistry and Oceanic Biology Program, Dr. Hartwig became Program Manager of the Oceanic Biology Program. In 1987, Dr. Hartwig was selected as Director of Ocean Sciences at ONR.

Dr. Hartwig is a member of the Oceanography Society (TOS), American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), American Geophysical Union (AGU), Sigma Xi, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), was on the AGU Ocean Sciences Fellows Nominating Committee, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Cody Award Selection Committee, and TOS Meetings Committee Chair. In 1996 and again in 2001, Dr. Hartwig was presented the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service. Dr. Hartwig represents the United States on the Scientific Committee of National Representatives for NATO's SACLANT Undersea Research Centre in La Spezia, Italy and is a past Chairman of that Committee.

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