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Linda Duguay

Associate Professor (Research) of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-1335
Office: CAS 200

USC Sea Grant Program
Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

Biographical Sketch

DR. LINDA DUGUAY was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She spent her first 21 years in the Ocean State where she developed her life long interest in Ocean Sciences. She obtained her undergraduate education in Biology at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and completed her MS and Ph.D. research in Biological Oceanography at the Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) of the University of Miami (UM) on Virginia Key, Florida. Her research focused on life history traits, physiological adaptations, and factors regulating the population dynamics of sub-tropical marine organisms. She has held research and teaching positions at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNYSB) Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC), Southampton College of Long Island University (LIU), the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory of the University of Maryland (UMD) Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies, and St. Mary's College, St. Mary's City. She served as a program manager at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, DC, in Ocean Sciences and the Office of Polar Programs from 1990 to 1999. In August of 1999, Linda moved to Southern California to become the Director of the Southern California Sea Grant program and Deputy Director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. She has also served as Chair of the USC Program in Environmental Studies. In 2001, she was also appointed as Executive Director of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Sciences. Linda lives in Rancho Palos Verdes with her spouse, Dr. Douglas G. Capone. They have two lovely daughters, Rebecca M. Capone, USC BS in Business 2007 now a third year law student at Loyola in Los Angeles and Jennifer L. Capone, BS in Business University of Virginia, 2001 and MS in Planning from USC School of Policy Planning and Development, 2007. Jennifer now resides in Arlington, VA with her husband Daniel J. Barrett and her son Rhys Alexander Barrett born July 13, 2008.


Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Univeristy of Miami, 5/1979
M.S. Biological Oceanography, University of Miami, 5/1973
A.B. Biology, University of Rhode Island, 6/1968

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Research Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, 01/01/2000-  
Research Assistant Professor , University of Maryland Chesapeaker Biological Laboratory, Solomons, Maryland , 07/01/1987-06/30/1999  
Research Assistant Professor , State University of New York, Stony Brook, 09/01/1982-06/30/1987  

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Visiting lecturer, Sabbatical Replacement , St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD., 09/01/1987-06/30/1988  
Assistant Professor, Sabbatical Replacement. , Southampton College of Long Island University, Department of Natural Sciences, Southampton, NY. , 09/01/1982-06/30/1983  

Other Employment

Program Manager for Arctic Natural Sciences (oversee all Biology, Physical, Chemical and Biological Ocean Science, and Atmospheric Sciences Proposals), National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, Arctic Science Section, Arlington, VA , 05/01/1998-10/01/1999  
Program Manager for Science Planning, Advanced Projects, and International Coordination, Antarctic Science Section, National Science Foundation, Antarctic Office of Polar Programs, Arlington, VA, 09/01/1996-05/01/1998  
Special Programs Manager, Office of Polar Programs, on detail from the Biological Oceanography Program, Geosciences Directorate, , National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, 09/01/1995-09/01/1996  
Associate Program Manager, Visting 90-91 and permanent 91-96, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC and Arlington, VA , 01/01/1990-09/01/1996  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Currently no active research projects as primarily serve as a research administrator for 3 USC programs. Director of Research for the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Director USC Sea Grant and lead PI for NSF Center for Ocean Science Excellence in Education (COSEE)- West, I also coordinate and direct the BISC/Wrigley Catalina semester program.

Research Keywords

Ctenophores, foraminfera, symbiotic associations, benthic ecology of dredge spoil sites, water quality, beach health and status.

Research Specialties

Biological Oceanography. Biological Sciences. General Oceanography. Physiological ecology of marine invertebrates. Zooplankton ecology and physiology particularly of gelatinous forms. Nutrient cycling within aquatic systems. Algal invertebrate symbioses (particularly with Foraminifera). Effects of dredging and dredge spoils on benthic populations. Beach health and water quality issues.

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Los Angeles Charter School Science Partnership / CaMSP (California Math Science Partnership), Linda Duguay, Inner City Education Foundation, $649,984, 01/01/2010-06/30/2013  
COSEE-West Community-Based Ocean Sciences Education (National Science Foundation), Duguay, Linda, Anthony Michaels, $1,021,741, 10/01/2007-09/30/2012  
Natural Resource Fellowship: Implementing the West Coast Governor's Agreement (NOAA), Linda Duguay, $75,000, 02/01/2010-01/31/2012  
Outreach On Preventing The Introduction And Spread Of Caulerpa Species to Independent Retailers, Hob (Fish and Wildlife Service), Duguay, Linda, $49,996, 10/02/2006-09/30/2011  
Ocean Protection Council & California Sea Grant Partnership For (California Coastal Conservancy), Duguay, Linda, $200,000, 10/04/2007-05/31/2010  
USC Sea Grant RASGAP Proposal Fy 2008-2009 (California State Resources Agency), Duguay, Linda, $42,920, 03/03/2008-04/30/2010  
USCSG Omnibus Proposal FY 2008-2009 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Duguay, Linda, $921,000, 02/01/2008-01/31/2010  
Proposal To Resources Agency Sea Grant Advisory Panel State Of (California State Resources Agency), Duguay, Linda, $42,953, 05/01/2007-06/30/2009  
Pacific Northwest Regional Marine Research Plan: Coalescence Of Stakeholder Input and Prioritization (Oregon State University), Duguay, Linda, $67,725, 06/01/2006-05/31/2009  
Ocean Protection Council & California Sea Grant Partnership For Ocean and Coastal Research (California Coastal Conservancy), Duguay, Linda, $200,000, 09/15/2006-05/25/2009  
REU Site: Geobiology - Marine Science At The Interface Between (National Science Foundation), Duguay, Linda, Michaels, Anthony Francis, $200,490, 04/01/2006-03/31/2009  
REU SITE: GEOBIOLOGY - MARINE SCIENCE AT THE INTERFACE BETWEEN (NSF), Linda Duguay, Anthony Michaels, $66,830, 04/01/2006-03/31/2009  
Knauss Fellowship 2008 - J. Steele G. Roberts (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Duguay, Linda, $83,000, 02/01/2008-01/31/2009  
Knauss Fellowship 2007 - Fung Ginsburg Vogel (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Duguay, Linda, $124,500, 02/01/2007-01/31/2009  
Collaborative-Cosee-West (National Science Foundation), Duguay, Linda, Michaels, Anthony Francis, $1,272,717, 09/01/2002-08/31/2008  

Proposals Submitted

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Funded, Linda Duguay, $43,500, 02/01/2009-01/31/2010  
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Funded, Linda Duguay, $6,764, 02/01/2008-01/31/2009  

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

STC for C-DEBI, Research Program Coordinator,
USC Sea Grant Program, Director,
Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Director of Research,


Journal Article

Knap, A., Dewailly, E., Furgal, E., Galvin, J., Baden, D., Bowen, R., Depledge, M., Duguay, L., Fleming, L. E., Ford, T., Moser, F., Owen, R., Suk, W., Unluata, U. (2002). Indicators of Ocean Health and Human Health: Developing a Research and Monitoring Framework. Environmental Health Perspectives (EHS). 110 (9):839-845. Environmental Health Perspectives (EHS). Vol. 110 (9), pp. 839-945.


McDonnell, J., Banta, G., Chen, B., Cook, S., Duguay, L., Mesner, N., Sharp, G., Smith, L., Stairs, W., Sponberg, A. (2009). Education and Public Outreach in the Aquatic Sciences: A View from the Field. American Society of Limnology and Ocaenography.

Honors and Awards

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's Suzanne Lawrenz-Miller Award for Education to the COSEE-West Program, 2008-2009   

Service to the Profession

Professional Offices

Treasurer, elected to 2 terms 2001-2005, Relected Treasurer in 2010 will server from January 2011 - January 2013, National Sea Grant Association , 09/01/2001-08/31/2005  
Secretary for Ocean Sciences Elected to two terms, American Geophysical Union (AGU) , 06/01/1999-05/31/2002  

Professional Memberships

National Marine Educators Association, 09/01/2006-  
National Sea Grant Association, 09/01/1999-  
American Geophysical Union (AGU), 09/01/1992-  
Estuarine Research Federation (ERF), 09/01/1990-  
Sigma XI, 09/01/1985-  
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), 01/01/1972-  
The Coastal Society, 09/01/2002-09/01/2010  
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