Pete Jumars

Past Director, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine

Pete Jumars: The School of Marine Sciences has a very broad mission. Its designed to create knowledge through research, its designed to transmit knowledge. We have three strong academic programs we have a marine biology program, we have a marine policy program and we have an oceanography program. We are at about 150 majors and also at the graduate level we have a lot of people creating knowledge and learning how to create knowledge. We try to choose issues that matter to Maine people because we are a state university. We also see ourselves as helping maintain the marine resources in the state.

John Annala: When GMRI was establishing its initial scientific program and recruiting its initial cadre of scientists we made a very deliberate decision not to get into a position of competing with the School of Marine Sciences and to be complementary instead of competing and for instance with the two joint appointments who are Andy Pershing, an ecosystem modeler, and Jeff Runge, a biological oceanographer, that really plays to the School of Marine Sciences strengths. That's where they are very strong. GMRI filled the empty niche of gear technology and also taking a wider more holistic view of fisheries ecology.

Pete Jumars: It's a small state without abundant financial resources and you certainly get more bang for the buck if you have specialists working together rather than generalists working apart. My term as Director ends June 2012 so it's not my turn anymore to choose directions but Fei Chai the new Director of the School of Marine Sciences has been a partner with GMRI and works very closely with Jeff and Andy and so I see a strengthening if anything of the existing set up and I'm certain that there will be some coupled natural-human systems issues surrounding climate that are big enough that this combination is the only thing in Maine that could make it possible to handle.