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Ronald L. Ohrel Jr.
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Ronald L. Ohrel Jr. has been named director of the Marine Public Education Office in the University of Delaware College of Marine and Earth Studies and Delaware Sea Grant College Program.

"Our College of Marine and Earth Studies Marine Public Education Office and the Delaware Sea Grant Program will benefit from Ron's experience in multiple outreach mediums and from his first-hand knowledge of marine science and management issues,” Nancy Targett, dean of the college, said. “I am very pleased to have him as a member of my management team."

“This is an exciting time for the College of Marine and Earth Studies and Delaware Sea Grant College Program,” Ohrel said. “As a youngster, I spent summers exploring the Delaware beaches and those experiences helped form a lifelong affinity for all things coastal and marine. I am thrilled to return to the region and work on those same topics that inspired me as a child.”

As director, Ohrel will maintain contact with marine resource users, transfer technical information on marine matters to the public, prepare publications and multimedia and web-based presentations on topics of interest, stimulate and facilitate faculty involvement in outreach programs, and develop and manage the office's annual operating budget.

Ohrel will represent the college and the Sea Grant Program in national networks and oversee the development of comprehensive data on faculty research and scholarly contributions, alumni accomplishments and Sea Grant impact.

Also, he will work in collaboration with the Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service to plan and organize the popular Coast Day event, which annually attracts 10,000-plus visitors to the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.

Ohrel joins UD from Tetra Tech Inc., where he had served as a senior outreach specialist since 2005. Prior to Tetra Tech, he had been a species conservation specialist with the National Wildlife Federation, an outreach coordinator with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and a project coordinator for the Ocean Conservancy.

Ohrel received a bachelor's degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina-Coastal Carolina College and a master's degree in environmental management from Duke University.

He fills a position formerly held by Tracey Bryant, who is now assistant director in the Office of Public Relations, where she leads a team dedicated to publicizing research being conducted University-wide. “I look forward to building upon the superb work of my predecessor and her staff,” Ohrel said.

Media contact: Ronald Ohrel, (302) 831-0566, []
March 5, 2007