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Nancy Marcus, PhD

Dean of The Graduate School
Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor
Mary Sears Professor of Oceanography

Dr. Nancy Marcus was appointed Dean in August 2005. She is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of biological oceanography and an expert in the ecology and evolutionary biology of marine zooplankton. She served as Director of the FSU Marine Laboratory from 1989-2001, Director of the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE) program from 2001-2005, and Chairperson of the Department of Oceanography from 2003-2005. WIMSE is a community based living learning unit that was established to attract and retain undergraduate women who are interested in pursuing careers in these fields.

Dr. Marcus earned a B.A. from Goucher College in 1972 and a Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University in 1976. She was a Postdoctoral Scholar and member of the scientific staff at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for 11 years. In 1987 she joined the Department of Oceanography at Florida State University.

Dr. Marcus was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1989 and a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science in 2004. She was President of both the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and the Southern Association of Marine Laboratories. In addition she has served as a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council, Chair of the NASULGC Board on Oceans and Atmosphere, a member of the GRE Advisory Board, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools.

Dr. Marcus has been recognized with several honors at FSU including the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Award, which is the highest award given to a faculty member at the university. Throughout her career Dr. Marcus has worked to improve the representation of women in science. In addition to the activities mentioned above she has been an active participant in two AWIS chapters (Boston and Tallahassee), organized Expanding Your Horizons conferences for middle school girls, mentored young women at all educational levels, and was Chair of the Task Force on the Status of Women Faculty at FSU. Her commitment to improving the representation of women in science and math was recognized by a donor to the Florida State University. The Nancy Marcus Professorship supports and recognizes a faculty member from the FSU College of Arts and Sciences who is professionally known as a superior researcher and who has demonstrated extraordinary effort and commitment in service to students from groups that are underrepresented in math and science to attract them to and advance their careers in these fields.