Dokken selected executive director of the TIAER at Tarleton State University


STEPHENVILLE (October 28, 2016) — Following an extensive national search, Dr. Quenton R. Dokken has been selected executive director of the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) at Tarleton State University. Dokken begins his new duties Nov. 7.
Dokken currently is president and CEO of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. Located in Corpus Christi, the foundation promotes and facilitates conservation of the Gulf of Mexico and its resources.

“With extensive experience related to conservation and emerging environmental challenges, Quenton Dokken is uniquely qualified to lead TIAER efforts,” said Dr. Barry Lambert, Tarleton associate vice president for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies. “We look forward to his leadership and the new and exciting opportunities he will bring to the TIAER and Tarleton.”

Based at Tarleton, the TIAER was created by the Texas Legislature in 1991 to address water-quality concerns along the North Bosque River. Data collected from the river’s watershed continues to play a vital role in developing water-quality models and testing throughout the nation and around the world. Today, TIAER’s research includes projects in 35 U.S. states and Canada as well as partnerships with such countries as China, Ecuador, Ethiopia and New Zealand.

Dr. Quenton R. Dokken
Dr. Quenton R. Dokken

Before his 25-year stint with the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, Dokken was associate director of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Coastal Studies and executive director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program.

As a marine scientist, he has an exhaustive publication record related to the study of ecosystems and fauna of the Gulf of Mexico. He currently serves as an advisor to the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, the Texas Sea Grant Program and the Texas General Land Office.

“I am flattered and excited to have been selected to join the Tarleton State University Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research team and family,” Dokken said. “Facing and conquering today’s environmental challenges is our obligation and contribution to Earth’s future residents. We will be a leader into the future.”

Dokken earned his bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Texas A&I University-Corpus Christi and his master’s degree in marine biology from Corpus Christi State University. He has a doctorate in wildlife and fisheries science from Texas A&M University.

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