Dr. Jeffrey Runge is Professor of Oceanography in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine and is based at the Darling Marine Center. Previously he was a Research Scientist and Section Head in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. His research investigates the factors and processes controlling plankton productivity and the effects of changes in planktonic production on fish and marine mammal abundance and distribution. He is Director of the Integrated Sentinel Monitoring Network, a regional infrastructure facilitating observation and analysis of marine biodiversity and ecosystem change in Northeast U.S. coastal waters. Dr. Runge has a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington.