Candidate for President: Antonietta Quigg

Antonietta Quigg

BS 1990 Biochemistry, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; PhD 2000 Biological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Biographical Information

I received a B.S. (Honors) from La Trobe University in Biochemistry and then Ph.D in Biological Sciences from Monash University, in Australia. In my pursuit for science (and adventure), I moved across the world and into a new hemisphere to do a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University in New Jersey (US). In August 2003, I started at Texas A&M University’s Galveston campus. I am currently serving as the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Last year I was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for science and technology.

I have been a member of ASLO since the early 2000’s. Since then, I have attended meetings annually (nearly every year), organized sessions, and was recently awarded the great honor of being named an ASLO Fellow! Over the years I have always arranged for my students, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff to attend meetings as an invaluable avenue to share their science. The ASLO community is extraordinary! This includes their commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion activities as well as mentoring and training future generations. It is the meeting I look forward to so I can catch up with old friends and make new friends!

Candidate Statement

I am a marine biologist, an oceanographer, and a phytoplankton ecophysiologist, working on a variety of projects, primarily focused on understanding the consequences of persistent organic pollutants and/or or contaminants of emerging concern on the base of food webs. Further, I am interested in advocating for sufficient freshwater inflows to bays and estuaries to sustain ecological sound environments in the face of water rights and pressure to support large and growing coastal cities upstream. I have worked in the open ocean, coasts, bays, and estuaries. I am just as happy on a regional scale vessel, a sailboat, or a bay skiff, except of course in large seas. I have been fortunate to be able to work around the world and will promote global partnerships. I have published broadly including many papers in Limnology and Oceanography, including the first paper in Limnology and Oceanography Letters! Amongst my greatest passions are serving and promoting fellow women and minority students, promoting education and outreach, mentoring, and support amongst all members of the campus and broader community.

At this time in my career, I would like to serve and give back to the community. I currently serve on a variety of boards including the Southern Association of Marine Laboratories and the Gulf of Mexico University Consortium. I also serve as the editor for several journals and frequently review papers. Given I have attended ASLO meetings for more than two decades and valued the numerous benefits of being an active member of this society, the opportunity to serve as the next ASLO President would allow me to be part of a team that works to foster future generations of scientists around the world, with early career resources, opportunities and special events at meetings and conferences for people to connect and foster lifelong relationships. ASLO is a forum, in which environmental issues of present or pressing public importance, or matters of public controversy, can be discussed in a safe and professional atmosphere. As we face a world of environmental challenges, ASLO will have to remain not only a trusted voice.

I am ready to commit to participating in ASLO meetings and discussion throughout the year. This will be a great way to contribute to a society that serves and supports so many, and an excellent way for me to contribute to its ongoing future success.

It would be my honor to serve as ASLO’s President!

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