Dr. Quenton R. Dokken, President/CEO, is uniquely qualified to lead the efforts of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. He has been with the Foundation since its inception in 1991. Until moving from part-time to full-time with the GMF in 2006, Dokken was Associate Director of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Coastal Studies. While working as an adjunct professor at A&M, Dokken was also the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program.
As Executive Director of the Texas State Aquarium in 1985, Dr. Dokken directed the efforts to establish the newly formed nonprofit facility in Corpus Christi, Texas. With a full-time staff of 78 and more than 1,000 volunteers, Dr. Dokken directed the aquarium through its first year, when the $32 million facility opened its doors to over 700,000 visitors who came to view and marvel at the living wonders of the Gulf of Mexico.
As a marine scientist, Dr. Dokken has an extensive publication record relating to the study of the ecosystems and fauna of the Gulf of Mexico. As Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program, he has led his professional peers in developing priorities for marine research in the Gulf of Mexico, a daunting task in the face of declining research dollars. He is the founder and coordinator of the Flower Garden Ocean Research Program which integrates the efforts of institutional science and the offshore oil and gas industry to expand opportunities for marine research in the most cost-effective manner.