On May 16, 2013, the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Program held a formal dedication ceremony in honor of our founding director, Dr. Robert E. Menzer.  Dr. Menzer was instrumental in the founding and establishing of the MEES program, the first inter-campus program within the University of Maryland system focusing on disciplines in the marine, environmental, and biological sciences for graduate level study.  Despite having retired from the MEES program in 1989, Dr. Menzer has been MEES's most active and loudest supporter.  Without Dr. Menzer's generous support and long standing commitment to make the MEES Program the best it could be, we would not have the beautiful new space and equipment that we have today. 

Dr. Menzer Biography: Dr. Menzer received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in June of 1960.  He followed his bachelors with a Master’s in entomology at University of Maryland, College Park in 1962, and continued on to the University of Wisconsin, Madison for a Ph.D. in entomology, which he received in August of 1964.  He joined the faculty of the UMCP Department of Entomology where he remained until 1989.  During his tenure at Maryland he was instrumental in the development of the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) Graduate Program, becoming its first Director in 1978.  He was also Director of the Maryland Water Resources Research Center during the 1980s.  Following his tenure at Maryland, he became Acting Director of the Office of Exploratory Research at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before relocating to Florida to become the Director of EPA’s Environmental Research Laboratory in Gulf Breeze.   Dr. Menzer has a total of 75 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, dealing with pesticide chemistry and toxicology, with emphasis on fate and transport in the environment.  He has also served on numerous committees of NAS-NRC, USDA, EPA, NIH and other agencies as well as remaining  a member of the Hazardous Substances Data Bank Scientific Review Panel, National Library of Medicine where he served as Chairman from 1985-2000.

Please take a moment to look though the Gallery from Dr. Menzer's Dedication.