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Former Interim Director Jeff Lotz Retires

Jeff Lotz retired from GCRL on Jan. 31, 2017 after a 30-year career. Lotz began his GCRL career in 1987 as the head of the Fisheries Shrimp Program and has since held the interim director position twice, was the chair of the Department of Coastal sciences, and professor of coastal sciences. “We all owe Jeff a great deal,” said Schol of Ocean Science and Technology Director Monty Graham. “He was a core member of the Coastal Sciences faculty and GCRL leadership who saw the Laboratory through times of great difficulty in the hours, weeks and years following Katrina.”

Lotz received his B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Louisiana State University in 1975 and 1979.

His research focused on ecology and epidemiology of parasites and pathogens of marine organisms and marine aquaculture, and marine stock enhancement. Upon retirement, his active research programs included laboratory, field, and theoretical epidemiological studies of pathogens of marine shrimp, crabs, and finfish, development of water-recycle systems for reproduction and aquaculture of penaeid shrimp and finfish.

“Jeff also saw the great opportunities that GCRL could bring to the national stage of aquaculture science, Graham said. “Everyone at SOST thanks Jeff for his many years of service and dedication."