Dean, The Graduate School
Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor
Mary Sears Professor of Oceanography
Ph.D., Yale University, 1976
Following receipt of my Ph.D. in 1976 from Yale University, I went to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a Postdoctoral Fellow. After two years I was appointed to the scientific staff where I remained for nine more years. I came to the Department of Oceanography at Florida State University in 1987. My graduate training was in ecology and evolutionary biology and to this day the research issues that I have focused on reflect this emphasis.
In addition to my responsibilities as a professor I have served as Director of the FSU Marine Laboratory, Director of the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering program, and Chair of the Department of Oceanography. These roles led to me taking on a new challenge in August 2005, Dean of The Graduate School. I am enjoying this role immensely.
In 2001, I had the honor of presenting a public lecture to the FSU community and because it was the 150th anniversary of the founding of the institution, I chose to focus on the history of women's participation in the math, science, and engineering fields at Florida State University and under the former name, Florida State College for Women. The Lawton Speech is archived on the university website. ( high-speed connection, lower-speed connection) Additional written and pictorial information is available by clicking on the following link (Women and Science at FSU website).