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Rob Young is a full professor of marine science at Coastal Carolina University. He received his
bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia and his doctoral degree in oceanography
from the University of Rhode Island. He has served as the Associate Provost for Grants and
Sponsored Research at Coastal Carolina University and as the president of the South Carolina
Marine Educators Association and he is currently the State Coordinator for the South Carolina
Marine Mammal Stranding Network. His research and publications have focused primarily on the
ecology of bottlenose dolphins in the southeast US and on the behavior, ecology, and population
biology of fishes in the southeast US and on Caribbean coral reefs. For the latter, he spent much of
three years co-directing an Earthwatch Project studying reef fish communities on the Belize barrier
reef. He has also developed, directed, or co-directed numerous marine and environmental education
programs for students and teachers at all levels.