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."
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
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 415/338-1111