Mike Roman is currently a Professor and the Director of the Horn Point Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. He received a B.A. degree from Lake Forest College in 1971, a M.S. degree from the City College of N.Y. in 1973 and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in 1976. Roman worked at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science from 1976 until 1981 when he joined the University of Maryland. His main research interests are in biological oceanography and zooplankton ecology on which he has published over a 100 research papers. He has participated in a number of interdisciplinary oceanographic studies ranging from work on warm-core Gulf Stream rings, physical-biological interactions in estuarine plumes, field programs of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) in the Equatorial Pacific and Arabian Sea, and the ecological impacts of hypoxia in coastal waters. Roman served as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Coastal Oceanographic Processes Program, Chair of the National Academy of Sciences committee planning long-term research in the Gulf of Alaska after the Exon Valdez oil spill, on the National Academy of Sciences committee to review the impact of major programs on ocean research, as co-chair of the Committee of Visitors for NSF Ocean Sciences and as Vice-Chair of the IGBP Program on Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER). Roman served as President of the Oceanography Society 2011-2012.