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Mary Watzin

Dean and Professor Emeritus


Former Director of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 2018A


Mary Watzin is the former director of NC State’s interdisciplinary campus-wide Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative, which she started after serving for seven years as Dean of the College of Natural Resources. She came to North Carolina State University after 22 years in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, as Professor, and from 2009-2012, as Dean. She holds a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. She has received numerous awards and other recognitions for her teaching, research, and engagement, including the Kroepsch-Maurice award for teaching excellence at the University of Vermont, the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation award, and the Ibakari- Kasumigaura Prize recognizing her work with colleagues in Macedonia and Albania on transboundary water management. Watzin specializes in aquatic ecology and watershed management, with a wide-ranging history of research focused on understanding how human activities influence ecosystem health and how adaptive management can be used to improve environmental outcomes.

I am interested in any interdisciplinary collaboration that would help move our Initiative forward, and interdisciplinary team research to address the challenges of climate change, equity, resilience, and sustainability in coastal ecosystems.


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