Emmett Duffy to lead Smithsonian coastal research

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian Institution has appointed a marine science expert from the College of William and Mary to direct a global network of observatories monitoring climate change and human impacts on ocean life.

Emmett Duffy is a professor of marine science at the Virginia college. Duffy is an ecologist who studies how marine animals and plants interact and how they respond to environmental changes. He joins the Smithsonian on Sept. 16.

Last year, the Smithsonian announced a $10 million gift from Los Angeles hedge fund manager Michael Tennenbaum and his wife Suzanne to create an observation network along coastal waters.

The project will begin with five observatories, studying the Chesapeake Bay, Fort Pierce, Fla., and sites in Belize and Panama. The Smithsonian plans to add 10 more stations within a decade.