Susan Lozier Elected President-Elect of Oceanography Society

February 11, 2013

Tim Lucas, 919-613-8084,

DURHAM, N.C. – M. Susan Lozier, Ronie-Richele Garcia-Johnson Professor of Physical Oceanography and Bass Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has been elected president-elect of The Oceanography Society (TOS).

Lozier will serve a six-year cycle: two years as the society’s president-elect; two as its president; and two as its past president.

Founded in 1988, TOS is a nonprofit organization that works to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education; to promote communication among oceanographers; and to provide a constituency for consensus-building across all the disciplines of the field.  It is headquartered in Rockville, Md.

Lozier is a physical oceanographer with interests in large-scale ocean circulation and its links to global climate change. Her studies have appeared in ScienceNature and other top peer-reviewed journals.

A member of the Duke faculty since 1992, she was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Early Career Award in 1996, a Bass Chair for Excellence in Research and Teaching in 2000, and a Duke University Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2007.  In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Lozier serves as chair of the executive committee of Duke University’s Academic Council, and served as chair of the Nicholas School’s Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences from 2006 through 2011.  She is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, The Oceanography Society and the Association of Women Geoscientists.

She received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University, and a master’s degree in chemical engineering and doctoral degree in physical oceanography from the University of Washington.  After completing her PhD in 1989, she was a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.