Dr. Larry McKinney
Title: Executive Director
Education: Ph.D. in Biology, Texas A&M University, 1976
Presently, half the wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico have been converted into houses, retail centers or cut up into canals and what's left may be sinking beneath our feet as we pump water and oil. The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most productive bodies of water on the face of the planet. Utilizing the "Harte Model," Dr. McKinney and his team bring together the diverse sciences that not only help to better understand the Gulf but also translate that science into effective policies and actions.
Additional Activities: Dr. McKinney works with the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agency's Committee on Offshore Energy Development, Chairs the Gulf Alliance Ecosystem Assessment and Integration Committee and has worked with a number State and Federal agencies on key Gulf issues. In 2009, he was invited to present testimony to the President's Ocean's Policy Taskforce. In addition, he has been recognized for his conservation efforts for Kemp's Ridley sea turtles in Texas and Mexico by Ocean Trust, Wild American Shrimp and Texas Shrimp Association.
Selected Publications: Dr. McKinney brings both a scientific knowledge of the marine environment and a relationship with many of the people who are shaping marine policy. He shares his perspective through a number of articles, publications, and journals.
McKinney, L.D. 2007. The State of the Gulf. Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, July. Pages 20 to 27.