“The Stockton community is delighted that Dr. Straub was chosen as the best candidate to head NAMS after a nationwide search,” said President Harvey Kesselman. “Peter is an extraordinary scholar and administrator, and the perfect choice to lead our expansion of the Unified Science Center, which will add to the opportunities for world-class faculty and student research.”
Straub is a Stockton alumnus who received his B.S. in Marine Science in 1980. He holds an M.S. in Marine Studies from the University of Delaware, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Marine Studies. Straub did post-doctoral work on Molecular Biology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Straub has been serving as the interim dean of NAMS since July 2015. He has over 20 years of teaching experience in higher education, having attained the rank of tenured professor of Biology. He has served as the coordinator of the Biology program, and has participated in the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation process.
Straub has been the grants administrator for a large number of projects funded by local and federal agencies, including the Barnegat Bay Partnership/EPA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He serves as the diving safety officer for Stockton and has served as the radiation safety officer for NAMS.