GALVESTON — The Texas Sea Grant College Program’s new extension program leader, Joshua Gunn, brings a background in coastal community outreach and hazard resiliency and recovery to Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas.

Texas Sea Grant’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.

Texas Sea Grant’s extension agents and specialists live in coastal communities where they educate, engage and inspire the public in relevant issues related to environmental quality, hazard resiliency, marine fisheries, seafood quality, marketing and economics, coastal community development, marine policy, marine education and aquaculture.

Gunn’s new position will facilitate relationships between Texas Sea Grant and research institutes, including TAMUG’s Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and the Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities.

Samuel Brody, director for the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and Galveston co-director for the Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities, said Gunn will be an asset to the programs.

“We are thrilled to have the new Sea Grant Director of Extension located on the Galveston campus,” Brody said.

“Josh Gunn’s experience will certainly help advance our programs in coastal sustainability and resiliency. He will play an important role in connecting the knowledge produced by university researchers with the needs of coastal stakeholders across the state.”

Gunn will supervise the program’s six county coastal and marine resource agents and five extension specialists in the areas of coastal planning, environmental quality, coastal community development, marine fisheries and economics.

Gunn said his graduate career at Texas A&M made him realize he wanted to be part of Sea Grant’s mission.

“I am honored that I have the opportunity to lead Texas Sea Grant’s extension team and help enhance their already strong programming efforts,” he said.

Gunn completed a master of marine resource management degree with a focus in coastal environmental planning from TAMUG in 2010 while also serving as a Boatswains Mate with the U.S. Coast Guard. He is working toward a Ph.D. in urban and regional sciences from Texas A&M University; his dissertation investigates urban patterns and flood damage in Texas coastal watersheds.

Throughout his graduate career, Gunn worked on research projects that sought better understanding of human perception and behaviors regarding coastal resources, including competing uses of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and measured the resilience of businesses and residents of Galveston Island following Hurricane Ike.

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