Susan Lovelace, Ph.D., has joined the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium as its assistant director for development and extension. Previously she was manager of the Human Dimensions Research Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Marine Laboratory.
She will lead the Consortium’s Sea Grant Extension Program, work with the executive director on program development efforts and assist with overall management of the agency. “We are very pleased to have Susan join the Consortium,” says Rick DeVoe, Consortium executive director. “Susan’s training and experience in the social sciences and her real-world experiences will provide immediate value to the Consortium’s extension program, to our stakeholders and to the agency as a whole.”
Susan earned a Ph.D. in coastal resource management at East Carolina University, a B.S. in science education also at East Carolina University and a B.S. in zoology at North Carolina State University.
For over two decades, she has sought to understand the role of natural resources in public well-being as well as the complexity of information flow in local resource decision-making. Susan will lead the Consortium’s efforts to assess the information needs of the agency’s diverse stakeholders, and provide them with science-based information, tools and guidance to inform their decision-making.
“I am excited to join the exceptional staff of the Consortium,” says Susan. “I look forward to continuing their tradition of service to individuals and communities of our state by helping the public and decision-makers make more informed choices about the wise use and conservation of our coastal and marine resources.”