Robert Chant

Ocean Sciences

Secretary Physical Oceanography


Professor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

AGU embraces the global community and welcomes diverse leaders from around the world, representing various identities, voices, and perspectives. List any identities, voices, and perspectives you would bring, including but not limited to nationality, regional representations, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and any other identity you feel comfortable sharing.

I am chair of our department’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) committee and work closely with a number of students on DEI activities in the department and across Rutgers. As such I am dedicated to expanding the diversity at the university and in the field.

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

Organized the 2012 Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas meeting


As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members to help implement AGU’s strategic plan including its mission and vision?

I would be a strong advocate for the field of oceanography both for the need for basic scientific discoveries and utilization of this knowledge for the benefit of humanity and the environment. I am particularly interested in coastal and estuarine systems that are strongly impacted by global and local anthropogenic activities and are of great socio-economic importance.

Section affiliations:

Ocean Sciences