Dean, Graduate School - Michael Castellini
Castellini was the founding Science Director for the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, the Director of the Institute of Marine Science, Associate Dean and then Dean for the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Dr. Castellini is now the Interim Dean for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Graduate School and a member of the UAF Center for Arctic Policy Studies team. His research focuses on how marine mammals have adapted to life in the sea and he has participated in many public outreach programs discussing climate change, the Arctic and Antarctic, including how animals at those locations are critically dependent on sea ice. Dr. Castellini has chaired or co-chaired 16 PhD or MS students, been a committee member on dozens more and taught core classes in marine physiology to graduate students for 20 years. His teaching philosophy was always to train students how to move into science as a career and help them develop degrees that focus on their future. Many of his students are now successful faculty, agency scientists, veterinarians, and underwater photographers. He has published more than 100 scientific journals articles or book chapters and has participated in over 20 scientific field expeditions on land, sea and ice. Dr. Castellini is involved in local, state and national panels and committees dealing with policy issues related to the Arctic, marine mammals, ecosystem management and agency oversights.