Dr. Jeffrey Lotz, chairman of the Department of Coastal Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), has been named interim lab director. He succeeds Dr. Bill Hawkins, who retired from the position at the end of June.
Lotz has served as chair of the department since 2003. He began his career at GCRL in 1987 as the head of GCRL’s Marine Shrimp Aquaculture program. In 1998 he became a charter member of Southern Miss Department of Coastal Sciences as an associate professor. In 2002 was promoted to professor and was named chair of the Department of Coastal Sciences in 2003.
Lotz received his B.S. in zoology from the University of Minnesota in 1972, and both his master’s and doctorate in zoology from Louisiana State University in 1975 and 1979, respectively. His postdoctoral research was conducted in immunology at Indiana State University from 1983-1985. Over the next year the university plans to conduct a national search for a new lab director.
Hawkins served as executive director of GCRL from 2002-2008. He was appointed director in March 2008 and retired this past June.