NOAA’s retired chief scientist delivers keynote address at MSU’s Giles Distinguished Lecture on Monday

Contact: Vanessa Beeson

Craig McLean (Submitted photo)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi.—A newly retired chief scientist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be a guest speaker at Mississippi State next week.

Monday by Craig McLean [April 25] The lecture — part of the university’s WL Giles Distinguished Lecture Series — will take place at 2 p.m. in the Colvard Students’ Union Fowlkes Auditorium.

Wes Burger, dean of MSU’s College of Forest Resources and director of the Center for Forest and Wildlife Research, chairs the peer review. He said McLean, who has a long-standing commitment to waterways, is an important part of the university’s focus this month on environmental issues. MSU is currently observing Earth Week.

“Mr. McLean has spent more than 40 years as a champion of ocean exploration, scientific integrity and science diplomacy,” Burger said. “As we continue our celebration of Earth Week, his knowledge and experience will help inspire future leaders in environmental science charged with protecting our oceans and waterways in the years to come.”

McLean, who retired this month, joined NOAA as a member of its commissioned officer corps in 1981 and served 25 years aboard fishing, oceanographic and hydrographic vessels, retiring at the rank of captain. He then served in senior NOAA positions for an additional 16 years, serving as Deputy Administrator of NOAA Research for nearly seven years and Acting Chief Scientist for about five years. He also practiced marine resources law and performed other legal work for NOAA. McLean earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Rutgers University and a law degree from Quinnipiac College School of Law in Connecticut.

The Giles Distinguished Lecture Series brings nationally and internationally renowned scientists, artists, and public servants to MSU to help students and faculty learn and interact with some of the most distinguished people in their fields. It is organized by the Giles Distinguished Professors and sponsored by the Office of the President.

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