SCOR Secretariat

The SCOR Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day administration of SCOR activities, taking its guidance from the General Meetings, Executive Committee Meetings, and communication with the Executive Committee and Nominated Members. This communication includes frequent contacts with national committees and chairs of SCOR subsidiary bodies and organizations. The Secretariat is also responsible for the administration of SCOR finances, organization of the meetings of SCOR and its subsidiary bodies, management of a program of travel grants, and preparation of SCOR publications. The small size of the SCOR Secretariat is possible because of the significant contributions to SCOR projects made by participants in SCOR working groups, research projects, and other activities.

The SCOR Secretariat is located at the

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
003 Robinson Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716, U S A Phone: +1-302-831-7011
Fax: +1-302-831-7012
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Dr. Edward R. Urban, Jr., Executive Director

B.A. (1979), University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. (1982), M.B.A. (1986), Ph.D. (1989), University of Delaware

Ed Urban is a native of California, moving to the eastern United States to pursue a master’s degree in marine studies at the University of Delaware.  After earning an M.S., he stayed at the University of Delaware to earn a Ph.D. in Marine Studies/Applied Ocean Science and a Master’s of Business Administration. Dr. Urban served as a Sea Grant Fellow, Staff Officer, and later Senior Staff Officer at the U.S. National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board from 1989 to 2000. At the National Research Council, Dr. Urban was the director of more than 20 studies, focused in the areas of fisheries science and policy, coastal science and policy, the infrastructure of ocean science in the United States, and means to improve cooperation of U.S. and foreign ocean scientists. Dr. Urban served as staff for the U.S. National Committee to SCOR from 1997 to 2000 and has served as the SCOR Executive Director since October 2000.

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At SCOR’s beginning, SCOR’s elected Secretary or President provided the necessary secretariat function. In 1972, a part-time Executive Secretary was appointed at the Royal Society (UK) to assist the elected Secretary. In 1985, as the scope and activities of SCOR had grown substantially, the Executive Secretary became a full-time employee; the title was changed to Executive Director in 1990. The Secretariat moved over the years from the Royal Society (UK) to Dalhousie University (Canada) in 1980, to Johns Hopkins University (USA) in 1992, and to the University of Delaware (USA) in 2007.

Years Executive Secretary/Director Secretariat Location
1972-1980 George E. Hemmen Royal Society (UK)
1980-1992 Elizabeth Tidmarsh Dalhousie University (Canada)
1992-2000 Elizabeth (Tidmarsh) Gross Johns Hopkins University (USA)
2000-2007 Edward R. Urban Jr. Johns Hopkins University (USA)
2007-present Edward R. Urban Jr. University of Delaware (USA)