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Darren Lerner, PhD, served as the Associate Director for the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai'i Sea Grant) for seven years and was named director in 2014.
As Associate Director, he was responsible for the management of all aspects of the program including extension, communication, and education, and served as the research coordinator.
As Director, Dr. Lerner leads and serves the program’s scholarly and creative faculty, staff, and partners in moving Hawai'i Sea Grant forward to face the challenges as well as embrace the many opportunities that lie ahead. The unique environments in Hawai‘i and the Pacific region are already changing under the influence of rising ocean levels, coastal erosion, invasive species, increasing land-use and development, pollution, and surging populations, to name a few.
Lerner also serves as affiliate research faculty at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology where he conducts a research program focused on environmental physiology of fishes.
Lerner earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from the University of Missouri, Columbia, a master’s degree in zoology from Oregon State University, and a PhD in organismic and evolutionary biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was hired by Hawai'i Sea Grant in 2007.