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Newell (Toby) Garfield to lead SF State marine science center



Denize Springer
SF State Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Oceanographer will direct research and programs at the University's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

SAN FRANCISCO, May 31, 2007 -- After a national search, oceanographer Newell (Toby) Garfield, PhD, has been named director of the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) for Environmental Studies at San Francisco State University. Garfield, who has served as acting director of RTC since 2006, will lead the activities of University marine researchers, faculty, students and operating staff.

"Dr. Garfield has an outstanding record as a scientist, teacher and administrator," Sheldon Axler, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. "He has an unusual ability to explain science to nonscientists in an understandable fashion. I expect Dr. Garfield to lead the Romberg Tiburon Center to a new level of excellence."

Garfield has conducted research at sea in both hemispheres of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and published widely in scientific journals including Science, Journal of Geophysical Research and Journal of Physical Oceanography. His areas of expertise include the hydrodynamics of coastal waters, the California current system and coastal upwelling. He was a researcher at the Naval Postgraduate School in Calif. and at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. As a member of the SF State geosciences department faculty Garfield has taught oceanography and marine science courses. He has also taught at the Moss Landing Marine Lab, California State University, Monterey Bay and the Naval Postgraduate School.

A native of Massachusetts, Garfield grew up in Connecticut and Puerto Rico. He received his PhD in physical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. He holds a master's degree in marine sciences from the University of Delaware and bachelor's degree in geology from Williams College in Massachusetts. He is a resident of Oakland.

"In an era when the world is facing a range of critical environmental issues, I can't think of a more exciting place to work than RTC," Garfield said. "I am honored to lead the continuing development of the Bay Area's principle marine and estuarine educational research facility."

The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies is the only academic research institution located on San Francisco Bay, the largest estuary in the western United States and is home to a National Estuarine Reserve Research headquarters. Research conducted on site contributes to the scientific understanding and environmental protection of bay, ocean and wetlands ecosystems worldwide. In addition to providing hands on marine science education to University students, RTC offers programs for local school teachers. For more information about RTC and its programs, visit


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