Michael Crosby is President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, an independent research institution that has been a leader in marine research for 60 years. He previously served for three years as Mote's Senior Vice President for Research. Past appointments include: Associate Vice President, Research and Economic Development, George Mason University; Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Hawai’i, Hilo; and Executive Director, National Science Board of the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Crosby has over 30 years of diverse research, teaching, science management and leadership endeavors, including developing national policy and administrative aspects for our country's science programs. He has developed, managed and conducted major multi-disciplinary research project and partnerships with numerous universities, national and international science and resource management agencies, programs and committees – including a U.S. Man and the Biosphere Program project entitled "Ecological and socio-economic impacts of alternative access management strategies in marine and coastal protected areas"; the U.S., Israeli and Jordanian joint partnership project entitled "The Red Sea Marine Peace Park Cooperative Research, Monitoring and Management Program"; and the Hawai‘i State EPSCoR project entitled "Pacific High Island Evolutionary Biogeography: Impacts of Invasive Species, Anthropogenic Activity and Climate Change on Hawaiian Focal Species." Many of these endeavors focused on improving the "synthesis, translation and transfer" of science and technical information between research, public policy and stakeholder communities.